Be­ing young and against the seal hunt isn’t easy

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

The Cana­dian seal hunt started with a quota of 400,000 seals — this be­ing a ex­tremely large quota.

I am a 16-year-old teen an­i­mal rights ac­tivist. Grow­ing up in a small town in cen­tral New­found­land and be­ing anti seal­ing isn’t easy.

The Cana­dian commercial seal “hunt” is the largest mass slaugh­ter of ma­rine mam­mals in the world.

The seal in­dus­try is dy­ing, the govern­ment is spend­ing mil­lions to try to keep the hunt go­ing, but this can only last so long. When will the slaugh­ter stop? You hear fish­er­men say­ing you have to slaugh­ter them be­cause they eat to much cod. So, would you slaugh­ter hu­mans be­cause they eat too much food?

They use seals as a scape­goat for the

This is a slaugh­ter of seals in their nurs­ery to pro­duce fur coats no one wants or needs.

loss of the cod fish­ery. The seals help the cod by eat­ing fish and other ma­rine an­i­mals that eat cod­fish.

lt’s in­cred­i­ble how some people fight so badly for this in­dus­try to sur­vive.

The slaugh­ter of seals is in­cred­i­bly cruel. It is a slaugh­ter done mainly for inessen­tial van­ity and lux­ury items and there­fore is un­nec­es­sary.

This is a slaugh­ter of seals in their nurs­ery to pro­duce fur coats no one wants or needs. Most seals that are slaugh­tered are less then three months old (95 per cent).

Only small amounts of the seal’s meat is pro­cessed and uti­lized in any man­ner. ( DFO reg­u­la­tions state that “ei­ther the pelt or the meat must be used for each an­i­mal.”) It is rarely used by non­indige­nous people for food.

Since the price paid for the meat is very low, only small amounts are kept, while the rest is sim­ply left to rot on the ice.

The govern­ment states that it ’s hu­mane. l’ve seen a seal shot three times in the head and it was still alive un­til a sealer smashed its head. — Brady Rus­sell writes from

Gambo.

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