Smashing Puppies & Kittens With Hockey Sticks

Posted on Sunday, April 10 at 15:55 by Milton
To those who are on the receiving end of injustice and pain, there is the suffering and indignity of actions which make no sense. To those of us who have assumed the role of complacent spectator to such universal suffering, there becomes an obligation to make a phone call or write an email or stand up and protest that which is clearly wrong. Professional sports sometimes exist as a microcosm of life. Cities fight cities and fan(atic)s applaud the actions of their own warriors. I grew up as a New York Ranger hockey fan and was lucky enough to be a season ticket holder (Section 108, row 2, seats 5 and 6) for twenty years at Madison Square Garden. Hardly a game went by without hearing this comment from one or more spectators: "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out." Yes, hockey is a violent sport, and for the first time in history, Canada's national game was eliminated for the 2004-2005 season because of labor disputes between the owners and players. Sadly, Canada's bloodlust has replaced one sport with another. We do not play this new sport in America. North of the border, millions of infants will die violent deaths while the world watches in relative silence. I invite you to click on this photo, taken moments before the splattering of blood sprayed from the head of a newborn infant mammal. The picture represents the promise of violence, but not the actual act, so you should not be overly offended: <http://tinyurl.com/69ovp > Here is the "after" photo, and yes, its reproduction here is intended to offend: <http://tinyurl.com/7ynma > It is not really puppies and kittens who die on blood-stained Canadian ice, but does it matter what creature suffers that fate? No living infant deserves such human hatred or indifference. Nature has designed the face of all infants, so that the basic instinct of any adult is to nurture and help those soft, cuddly, loveable, innocent creatures who are now in distress. See: <http://www.seashepherd.org/seals/seals.html > Who is responsible for the carnage? Is it the men wielding the clubs, or the women wearing the sealskin coats? Is it the Canadian bureaucrats who turn deaf ears to the protests, or the majority of people who choose not to even whisper their displeasure? We all share responsibility, because these horrendous crimes against nature's creations continue. What can you do? What should you do? My answer is, whatever you think is right. Take this moment to ask yourself, what is the nature of my religion, or my God, or whatever spirit that will one day tabulate my own scorecard and assess the things that I did in my lifetime. Many, myself included, believe that to save just one living creature is to save the world. What you do today can be self-gratifying, and can make a enormous difference for those who are unable to speak out against injustice. To get VERY MUCH involved: http://www.protectseals.org Eyewitness account of seal hunt: <http://tinyurl.com/5gnyz > Have a happy and productive Sunday, April 10, 2005. Robert Cohen http://www.notmilk.com [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on April 12, 2005]

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  1. Mon Apr 11, 2005 2:23 am
    Protect seals by making sure that their population doesn't get too big and they all starve from depleting the fish population. It's too bad all it takes to spread your propaganda is pictures of cute animals being killed.<br />
    <br />
    Where's <a href="http://www.protectcows.org">www.protectcows.org</a>, or <a href="http://www.protectchickens.org">www.protectchickens.org</a>, or <a href="http://www.protectpigs.org">www.protectpigs.org</a>? Arn't those animals cute enough to protect?

  2. Mon Apr 11, 2005 3:37 am
    The reason they cull the seal population is because WE have over fished and thus there are not enough fish to sustain the seals population. By killing the baby seals they are protecting their(our) economic intrests. The seals are like weeds being pulled from a garden. Its pretty messed up but its what we do. Canadians arent completly responsible for the over fishing, as other nations fish, often illegally in those areas. The difference is that in the end we have to be the ones to deal with the majority of the consequences resulting from the over-fishing.

  3. by avatar Spud
    Mon Apr 11, 2005 4:15 am
    Over population+over consumption=stupidity
    oc+op=s
    Stupidity creates over population and over consumption.
    So we become dumber and destroy more.
    Is there an answer?Theortically yes.Realisticly,no.

  4. Mon Apr 11, 2005 5:03 am
    Sounds like this Cohen character from New York could spend his time more productively bringing justice to the Mossad/US governement attack on the WTC, an attack which saw the Amero-Israeli workers pre-warned, and advised not to show up for work.

    but, oh no, I see they're pulling the dog stunt to 'get sympathy'

    sorry, not falling for it, 'Cohen from New York' is a fiction, next story.

  5. Mon Apr 11, 2005 5:53 am
    What evidence is there for the amero/israeli combo being fortold of the wtc attack?

  6. by avatar Milton
    Mon Apr 11, 2005 11:57 am
    If you want 911 stories, search the database for them, here is one <a href="http://www.vivelecanada.ca/article.php?story=20041109113112819&query=911">911 Real Issues</a>, and yes, the US has much to atone for but so do we. Or do you think a bunch of wrongs makes a right?

  7. Mon Apr 11, 2005 5:57 pm
    Kill them all I say, just to piss off the weak-kneed, whining wussies who can't be men and understand that animals must die for our needs.

  8. by avatar Milton
    Mon Apr 11, 2005 10:49 pm
    If that's what a man is then count me out. Here, read something:<a href="http://www.well.com/user/davidu/extinction.html">http://www.well.com/user/davidu/extinction.html</a>

  9. Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:09 am
    <p> <blockquote><b>Seals and fish</b> <p> Sealing nations such as the UK, Norway, and Canada have repeatedly claimed that to maintain commercial fishing populations they must cull seal herds. <p> This deception betrays scant understanding of marine ecology. For several millennia to the 18th century, some 30 million Harp seals lived in a North Atlantic teeming with cod, capelin, herring, and so forth. If 30 million seals did not deplete the fish stocks, it is inconceivable that 3 million seals will deplete the fish stocks. <p> <a href="http://thetyee.ca/Views/2005/04/11/HuntingSeals/">Why Are We Still Hunting Seals?</a> <p>

  10. Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:30 am
    That's all well and good -- in the 18th century. Now that we've managed to all but wipe out the fish stocks, something must be done.

    We've knocked the food chain in that area out of balance. It is now our responsibility to preserve whatever is left of it. If this means wiping out harp seals, so be it.

  11. Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:33 am
    Nice. Not a very reputable site though. Media articles, but no cited literature, nothing worth considering.

    However, I have seen it with my own eyes. I know what's going on. However, how is preserving a population of seals with an inadequate food supply (albiet caused by humans) going to help anything? We might as well use them instead of just letting them starve.

  12. Tue Apr 12, 2005 4:26 am
    <p> I think what the author is implying is that the problem is not the seals but, as you have pointed out, "us"! So now that it has come to this, is the ONLY answer culling? Shouldn’t we be looking for a less cruel solution? In a document produced by <a href="http://www.bdmlr.org.uk/publications/seal%20report%20for%20web.pdf"> British Divers Marine Life Rescue</a>, I found the following appraisal of the practice of culling in Canada: <p> <blockquote><b>10. But the Canadian cod fishery was closed in 1992 and cod stocks still haven’t recovered. The Canadians are allowed to shoot thousands of harp seals now because it is widely accepted that the increasing harp seal population is preventing recovery of the cod stocks. So why can’t we do the same with grey seals? We could develop and market new seal meat dishes to compensate for the loss of fishery, just like they are doing in Canada.</b> <p> It is true that the Canadians are once again killing huge numbers of harp seals, but this was a political decision and not a scientific one. The only tenuous scientific basis was a model which made an assumption that predator (i.e. seal) control would have an effect on recovery of the cod stocks, but failed to incorporate the long-term effects of the persistent removal of cod spawning stock by the fishery up to 1992. Cod do not mature until 5–8 years of age, and the more viable young are spawned by older females. Clearly, therefore, stock recovery will be slow and cannot be expected to have recovered yet. Despite allegations (Table II), there is no scientific evidence that harp seals will inhibit the recovery (Table VI). In fact, the reverse is likely to be true – a recovering cod stock will prey heavily on capelin, which is a principal prey fish of harp seals. Commercial over-fishing of capelin together with predation on capelin by a recovering cod stock in the Barents Sea resulted in a collapse of capelin stocks and large-scale starvation and migration of harp seals in the late 1980s (Table X). <p> <b>11. Then wouldn’t it be a kindness to have a cull of grey seals now, and keep the numbers down for when the cod recovers and sandeels decline? Wouldn’t that save them from future starvation?</b> There are serious moral problems associated with any attempts to cull seals in order to mitigate potential ‘natural’ mortality (Table V) or seals’ own ‘welfare’ (Table II). Culling is a blunt (and also inhumane) instrument, which may well disrupt the natural process of the seals’ own intrinsic population control mechanism. For example, a recent SMRU survey of major British grey seal colonies has shown a marked decrease in the number of pups born, which is probably the seals’ own response to diminished prey availability (Tables IV and X). In any case, any future cull proposals in this country would undoubtedly have to comply with the UNEP protocol, which requires clear statements of the objectives of such a cull, backed up by a host of biological data, which would be subject to scientific evaluation (Table IV). Without such statements, the UK government would not therefore be in a position to authorize a cull in response to requests from the fishing industry.</blockquote> <p> One may agree or not. Still it is food for thought! <p>

  13. Tue Apr 12, 2005 4:56 am
    It's more complex than just cod. The caiplin stock is implicated in this as well. The major food source for the cod was/is caiplin. Now that there are reduced numbers of cod, the other animals are eating more caiplin. Could this be preventing the cod rebound? I suspect it plays a role.

    Can reducing the number of predators artificially correct this? Possibly. Can we ever know for sure? No.
    What can we do then? Try something. Hope for the best.

    Honestly, a lot of what I've been seeing regarding the seal hunt is sensationalist bullshit. There would be nowhere near the attention it has recieved if it was an ugly animal that was percieved as "evil" by the general public. I discount anything that even hints at such motivation. Maybe it is political, at least partly -- what controversial issue isn't? But let's remember, this country was built on the fur trade, so let's not get too out of line here.

  14. by avatar Milton
    Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:40 am
    Yes, lets blame the seals for what we have done. Lets break another link in the chain of life. Lets blame it on the indigenous inhabitants, that's invader philosophy 101. Then lets say we can't walk away cause we have destabilized the system and must now help the inhabitants to balance it cause we are thoughtful caring beings whose only goal is to make things better. Hmmm, sounds vaguely familiar.



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