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In its lead editorial, in the January 19, 2005 edition:
Canada's National Post has come out
forcefully against the seal hunt.
"Each year, mostly within a few spring days, hundreds of thousands of baby seals
are killed in brutal and inhumane fashion off the coast of Newfoundland and
Labrador. This year's hunt should be the last, at least in its present form."
It provides horrifying images:
"A panel of veterinarians who observed the hunt in 2001 reported that as many as
42% of the seals whose carcasses they studied appeared to have been skinned
while they were still conscious. Whereas the preferred manner to kill a seal is
to render it unconscious with a single blow and then bleed it to death, live
seals are often dragged across the ice by hooks before being skinned. In 40% of
filmed cases studied by the same vets, injured animals were left on the ice
after being clubbed once before hunters returned to hit them a second time. And
that doesn't even include the seals that are shot by hunters but escape under
the ice, where they die agonizing deaths.
"Following the vets' damning report, which received considerable international
attention, the federal government should have put an end to this macabre
harvest. Instead, the seal hunt was expanded."
We see evidence that we must continue to do everything we can to make sure the
animal protection movement is inclusive and bi-partisan in the line:
"Opposition to the seal hunt is not limited to tree-hugging left-wingers. Mr.
Scully, who has emerged as one of the most articulate anti-hunt voices, is a
former speechwriter for George W. Bush." You may recall that Scully penned a
beautiful op-ed on behalf of the seals that ran in the National Post on January
http://www.DawnWatch.com/ 1-05_Animal_Media_Alerts.htm#SCULLY ) The editorial
refers to points he made. One might suspect that his stance, and his op-ed,
helped influence the stance this national and conservative paper has chosen to
Since the piece also discusses the damage the hunt does to Canada's
international reputation, appreciative letters from people outside of the US,
who read the piece on the web, are appropriate. You can read it on line at:
http://tinyurl.com/67nab and send appreciative letters at:
Yours and the animals',