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Euros Hypocritical On Seal Hunts

Mon May 18, 2009 5:14 pm

I was wondering why the EU suddenly cared about seals...

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13649231

"Every year, 300,000 seals meet their end not by mauling from a polar bear, but instantaneously from gunshot or a blow from a club. Four years ago the WWF, an environmental organisation, commissioned an independent vet’s report which concluded that seal clubbing is not cruel if it is properly done by competent and trained professionals. "

" Europe’s fur farms produce over 30m mink and fox pelts a year. Every four or five days Europe kills more animals for their fur than the entire annual Canadian hunt does in a year. Seal hunting sounds unfair; but Europeans are reluctant to ban the hunting of similarly defenceless game birds, deer or wild boar"

"Why did the European Parliament overlook all this? Seal-murdering foreigners are a soft target and animal-welfare groups have been lobbying MEPs for years. It may not be a coincidence that they finally voted for a ban just a month before they face elections. Having been invisible to their constituents for the past five years, what better way for MEPs to save their own skins than to fight valiantly for those of baby seals?"
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RE: Euros Hypocritical On Seal Hunts

Mon May 18, 2009 6:06 pm

This is what most upsets Canadians -- including people like me who don't particularly like the seal hunt. The hypocrisy is staggering. If NAFTA (US, Canada and Mexico) passed a joint resolution calling on Spain to end bullfighting -- and backed it with a ban on all products containing Spanish leather -- there'd be hell to pay.

From a Globe & Mail column using the Economist piece as a catalyst:

And what about the corrida? If the seal hunt is "inherently inhumane," as the European parliamentarians say, why do they tolerate bullfights? Answer: They take place in Europe and banning them would create political havoc. Throughout Spain, and in some areas of southern France, bulls are regularly killed for the mere enjoyment of the spectators, by people who could easily do something else for a living. (I must confess that I've seen bullfights and found the ritual magnificent.) In any case, far from seeing the corrida as a barbaric custom, the European Union found a new label: Bullfights are a part of Spain's cultural heritage and, as such, they can be preserved.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...gnon18/BNStory/specialComment/home
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RE: Euros Hypocritical On Seal Hunts

Mon May 18, 2009 8:32 pm

Ya, well if you want to read something really hypocritical, read up on how the French make "Foie Gras" by force feeding ducks and geese. You want to talk about inhumane treatment.
 
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RE: Euros Hypocritical On Seal Hunts

Tue May 19, 2009 12:01 am



Quoting Arrow (Reply 1):
If NAFTA (US, Canada and Mexico) passed a joint resolution calling on Spain to end bullfighting -- and backed it with a ban on all products containing Spanish leather -- there'd be hell to pay.

I would actually totally support that - bullfights are barbaric, no other way around it. But two wrongs don't make a right...
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RE: Euros Hypocritical On Seal Hunts

Tue May 19, 2009 12:19 am

The phrase "inhumane" is hypocritical in itself. Inhumane literally means un-human. Animals are not human. Therefore, animals shouldn't be treated like humans and I don't see why they should have the same rights as us.

I don't agree with random torturing of animals just for fun like some sick people do. But, say, asking to send cows to the spa and give them royal treatment before they're sent to the slaughterhouse so we can later feed on them? That's ludicrous.  Yeah sure

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