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DFO request for public input regarding observer distance from seal kill

February 17, 2007 | Seals

Addressing Canada's seal regs from a vegan perspective

To the Department of Fisheries and Oceans:

On behalf of Friends of Animals, an international organization with offices in Canada and the U.S., I hereby respond to your call for comments on the suitability of increasing the space legally allowed between observers and the government-sanctioned seal killing off the Newfoundland and surrounding coastal areas.

Our view is this: The distance is irrelevant. We want it to be known that there is nothing left to document. Little if anything has ever been accomplished from efforts to document this killing event. We do not need more degrading footage of people killing seals. The time has come to support residents of a depressed economy in ways that acknowledge both the inherent worth of human beings and the lives of sea animals.

The question is not if the killing is cruel, or how cruel the killing is. The question is when the government of Canada will stop issuing quotas and rules and using the seals as substitutes for a real economic solution to the situation of coastal residents. Filming the kill and issuing penalties against the people engaged to carry it out does not address the root problem but instead exacerbates it.

This pointless deliberation over rules and regulations is another waste of Canadian resources that would be better directed into the provisions of real economic and social solutions.

Dave Shishkoff
Canadian Correspondent
Friends of Animals

Comments

So many years and so much suffering. Enough!

Excellent letter David! Thank you.

Sadly,the decent human beings of the world once again have to sit back and watch this horrific inhumane act on the innocent seals. Sadly the Canadian government continues to set a bad example for the world. There is no justification for cruelty and there never will be. Cruelty is cruelty and in this day and age where we have the means for food and clothing humane ways, there will never be justification for it. How can any decent human being believe that beating to death an innocent baby seal or any animal is the right thing to do? No one has the right to decide and control what species deserves to live or die , when they are innocent. Until the human race gets that , there can never be peace for all that inhabit this planet

please please do not kill it is a senseless act and what have those animals done to you to be able to say kill please please stop

I agree. how can I help

Its murder-plain and simple and I'm a bow hunter!

I also agree. How can I help.

I couldn't have said it better and certainly agree wholeheartedly!

Dear DFO, The unceasing brutality against the baby Harp seals has served only to embarass and shame Canada. The observer distance is thus irrelevant in the scheme of things. Sincerely, RE Penney

I totally agree - great letter. ANd I have to repeat Katherine Ryan's comment, with a few more adjectives: Sadly,the decent human beings of the world once again have to sit back and watch this HORRIFIC, HIDEOUS, BARBARIC, INSANE!, INCOMPREHENSIBLE, BRAIN-DEAD inhumane act on the innocent seals. Sadly the Canadian government continues to set a bad example for the world. There is no justification for cruelty and there never will be. CRUELTY DOES NOT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HUMAN'S ACTS UPON THE OTHER ANIMALS OF OUR WORLD - THERE ARE NOT WORDS STRONG ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE OUR INSANITY! Cruelty is cruelty and in this day and age where we have the means for food and clothing humane ways, there will never be justification for it. How can any decent human being believe that beating to death an innocent baby seal or any animal is the right thing to do? No one has the right to decide and control what species deserves to live or die , when they are innocent. Until the human race gets that , there can never be peace for all that inhabit this planet.

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