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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Seal Hunt Film Exposes Activists

Humane Society's Canadian wildlife issues director Rebecca Aldworth.
Photograph by: Canadian Press

Newspapers across Canada today are reporting that anti-sealing activists, particularly Rebecca Aldsworth of the HSUS, are desperately trying to block the airing of a sealing documentary on the CBC French language station. Apparently the footage does not reflect well on Ms. Aldsworth or her team and this upsets her greatly.

I guess you can only hide the truth for so long Rebecca.

Here are some excerpts from one such article published today.

OTTAWA - Animal-rights activists are considering legal action to block a controversial documentary on Canada's commercial seal hunt on RDI, the CBC's French-language news network.

Phoques, le film, (Seals, the movie), produced by Quebec filmmaker Raoul Jomphe, has ruffled feathers at the Humane Society of the United States, because of a scene showing members of the group watching a dying seal for more than an hour as they filmed a promotional video of the hunt on ice floes in Atlantic Canada...

Guylaine O'Farrell, a spokeswoman for CBC, said the public broadcaster could delay the documentary's air date if necessary, but explained this is part of a normal, in-house review process.

Meantime, Jomphe said he doesn't think anything needs to be changed in the movie, which was presented at a special screening for employees of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans last week in Ottawa.

"The images speak for themselves," he said, pointing out that he included Aldworth's explanation about wanting to transport the seal to a hospital. "When they take images of hunters, they do editing, and that's what we see ... and suddenly she's all offended that she's being filmed in that way."


Anonymous said...

hmm funny I thought that at the front using an observation permit were required to stay 10 meters away from a hunt. what your saying is that she should have gotten herself arrested to acomplish nothing, less than nothing as I'm sure the authorities would have prefered to seize her footage of there 'humane' hunt, particularly that it could show a seal dying 'humanely' for one hour

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

To the above poster:
What do you expect from such a place like Newfoundland?? They are so far behind the rest of North America that they should be pitied, not reviled. They just don't know any better.

Anonymous said...

Well , according to the anonymous poster above , the film in question clearly shows the inhumane and barbaric actions of the sub-human sealers .

So , therefore Rebecca Aldworth and the Humane Society of the United States are threatening legal action to try and prevent the public showing of this film . Why ? Because it just may be misconstrued and could potentially cause the sealers to be viewed in a negative light

Of course , we all know that Rebecca Aldworth and the HSUS just couldn't live with themselves if they saw the sealers reputations tarnished through misinterpretation or misinformation . Jeez , no wonder poor little Rebecca is all fraught with worry over this .

Aaawwww , how sweet . Such a loving concern for their fellow human beings ! All right everybody , lets hear three rousing cheers for Rebecca Aldworth and the HSUS ....... hmm , I think I'll leave the actual choice of " words of cheer " to the individual !

Later .

jerry .

Patriot said...
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Patriot said...

The anonymous post dated: March 6, 2007 at 7:33pm was deleted due to the use of language seen as unnecessary by the blog's author.

Remember folks, there is nothing wrong with open debate but there may well be younger people (as well as others) who read this blog and there is no need to subject them to profanity.

If you can't make your point without using this sort of language then you clearly lack the intelligence to add anything of value to the debate anyway so don't bother.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that groups like HSUS and Sea Shephard (and individuals like Rebecca Aldsworth) see the seal hunt as such a major issue that has to be stopped at all costs.

Why is this when the World Conservation Union does not oppose the seal hunt.

They are the world's largest and most important conservation network. The Union brings together 82 States, 111 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.

The Union's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

The World Conservation Union is a multicultural, multilingual organization with 1000 staff located in 62 countries. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland.

The World Conservation Union finds the seal hunt acceptable but then again they are not making any money off of it.

ISDABY said...

if Rebecca wanted to 'save the seal'...why did she leave it in agony for an hour...clearly it was not a priority for her.

getting footage however, is her priority.

On what grounds can they actaully try to stop the documentary from airing?

Anonymous said...

The Seal Harvest is more open and transparent than the harvest of any other animal in the world.

A few months ago I saw a documentary of cows being transported to the slaughter house, the video showed a cow that had received a broken leg in the process. The poor cow had to wait 2 days frothing at the mouth and in dire agony before it could be put down because the cow had to have an inspection. I thought that was the most cruelest thing I ever saw. No seal has ever had to endure the suffering of that cow. Apparently according to the article broken legs in cows happen all the time and the length of suffering is almost always the same. Why aren't the animal rights people jumping on this problem. Of course, it is because there is no money in it for them.

ISDABY said...

animal rights people do protest the food slaughter, industrial meat, industries , as they protest circuses, medical research (re: animals), etc.

The problem is when they fool people, who don't protest these industries, into thinking the seal hunt is evil...

don't be fooled to think that , while they exploit the seal hunt for the fund raising opp, they aren't intereseted in anything else.

Also, we should be careful when comparing sealing to other industries, that we aren't picking a fight with those industries (unless they're in Germany!)...in the end, sealing, and the pork and beef industries are all on the AR agenda....

just that seals are the 'cash cow'...

ISDABY said...


this link to the story shows Rebecca complaining that the film is inaccurate cuz it says the HSUS director makes 500,000 per year, when in fact he ONLY makes abotu half of that,,,

think about that one! $250,000 to run a 'fundraising' organisation...you have to be an idiot not to suspect the guys motivation...yes, I;m sure he does it for the animals.....LMFAO!!!

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't anyone comment about WHO/WHAT financed this so called documentary?

Does anyone know?

After that we can talk about it.

Even cancer-causing products make themselves look good if it benefits them.


Anonymous said...

Pat: Are you against the cruelty perpetrated on ducks and geese to produce the delicacy known as fatty liver or foie gras for the 'foie gras' industry? Have you read how these ducks and geese suffer in the production of that delicacy to placate the palates of the rich.

If you are, and you say so, then I will understand why you are against the seal hunt.

I am a Newfoundlander and Labradorian who would like to see the seal hunt stopped because it also would put an end to the hundreds of millions of dollars which are raised to pay those scammers big salaries. These scammers would get the fright of their lives if we decided to end the seal hunt. What animal has the power to raise such money? They would be in a bind. No other country or government would allow such meddling in the affairs of one of their industries like Canada does with the seal hunt. Canada would not even allow it to happen to its beef industry and believe me there is plenty of cruely there as well.

Anonymous said...

Hi there "Anonymous"

Yes. I am against the foie gras industry.
I believe that not only mammals are capable of suffering.

About large salaries, I think that depends on what responsibilities you have on your job. The remuneration should be accordingly.

That is the prevalent structure in any corporation or service.
For example, the president of a university will always have a much higher salary than a professor, even if they have the same level of education.
And today's salaries are competitive.

About Canada's seal hunt, in a nutshell, it is about time that the sealers get an education and get involved in other economic activities to their advantage. Seals are wild animals.
Sealers need to get out of those called "traditions" and embrace a new future. A better future.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Pat. But I see no responsibility in scamming the public on the back of the seal for a month during the campaign. After the campaign is over they sit back until the next year, with having talked about one animal and having collected more than one hundred million dollars to fill their own coffers. Nothing said about the ducks, geese, kangaroo, deer, boar, etc, etc. How about the hundreds of millions of bison that once roamed the plains of North America and are now extinct? These bison never get spoken about, if any animal gets spoken of, it has to be one from Newfoundland and Labrador. How biased are these people. They close their eyes on events such as that. Why?

Anonymous said...

Well.. you see "Anonymous"

What about politicians "scamming" the taxpayers for their own benefit?

When is it a good thing to take advantage of someone else's loss?


Anyway, I don't think people are blind to other animal exploitations and cruelty that go on in other parts of the country or the world.
We are just not there to witness the issues that surround these animals/people.

BTW, as far as I know, bisons are back in business as farmed animals in Alberta.

The big "NEWS" about Germany , specially in NL, is also out of focus.
Deer and wild boars are about the only wild animals left there and they are protected. They are fed during hard winter times by conservation officers and they are fenced.
Just like the elk and deer are fenced in the Canadian National Parks.
And recently I went into the german web version of the ASPCA and there is outcry about any cruelty perpetrated against any animal.
So, yes, generally people don't close their eyes to other cruel hunts or livestock managements, we are just not there to witness it and all we are exposed to is the opinion of others who want to make themselves look better.
And that, as you know, is not true nor fair.


Anonymous said...

Thanks again Pat. But Pat there are tens of millions working in the slaughter houses of North and South America raising and killing animals for all kinds of consumption. And some animals like the kangaroo of Australia are killed because they are a pest. I can name a lot more that are killed because they are pests as well, but I will not do it in this post. Most of the people who work in slaughterhouses have a very low education level, no different than the education level of the sealers. And most of them may be referred to as the peasants of society; I don’t think that is the case but by reading the posts of the anti-seal campaigners that is how they described sealers. . Nor does every one have the capacity of getting to or pass grade school. I am sure though there are some very bright people in the group where ever they are who are capable of doing anything they put their minds to. But because a person is unable to learn in the conventional sense does not make them a lesser person. In a lot of cases these people far excel the crème de crème of society.

I think there are probably less than a 1000 sealers, I know that it isn't the same number as there are fishers. Patriot you can correct me on that number, I do not have it. I do hope when this generation is retired though, which I think will be not too many more years, that it will be the end of the seal fishery.

Anonymous said...

"if Rebecca wanted to 'save the seal'...why did she leave it in agony for an hour...clearly it was not a priority for her.

getting footage however, is her priority."

Of course it is you moron. If footage wasn't taken, no one would be able to see how barbaric it all is. Aldworth isn't the one who injured the seal.........how can you not see that?

Anonymous said...

Have you every watched an animal show on television narrated by George Paige of animals supposedly in the wild where one animal is killing another animal? I can't bear to watch these shows and I wonder why the camera person and narrator of the show allows it to happen. Do you want to know the reason that it is allowed to happen? Well it is to make a film for the viewing public and the camera person, the narrator and everyone else involved in that film get to earn a great living.

Money drives the world's economy and money is what drives these so called animal rights scammers to film the seal while it is mortally wounded. That type of theatrics add fuel to their cause and as a result they can bring in a bigger pot of money from the unsuspecting public. Please do not be fooled by these scammers.

Anonymous said...

"I can't bear to watch these shows and I wonder why the camera person and narrator of the show allows it to happen"

Mayeb they allow it to happen the same way we as Newfoundlanders allow the sealers to slaughter baby seals in front of their mothers.

Time to move on into the new Millenium and find some decent work.

A few people wanting to preserve their traditions doesn't mean the rest of us have to put up with it.
Think of your province and the bad rep it's getting.......if so many people are against it, why fight the inevitable? Just because your ancestors did it, doesn't mean you have to.
My great-great grandfather was a rum runner back in the day.....you don't see me out doing it!

Anonymous said...

"Mayeb they allow it to happen the same way we as Newfoundlanders allow the sealers to slaughter baby seals in front of their mothers."

so, you have a problem with sealers mothers watching them work?? LOL!

you have been fooled by the propaganda. Seal pups are not killed in front of their mothers...they have been weaned and abandoned by mothers...


Anonymous said...

"Why doesn't anyone comment about WHO/WHAT financed this so called documentary?
Does anyone know?
After that we can talk about it...


Pat, this is a bogus point you make...its requiring someone to prove their innocent.

The guy made a film. You don't like it. Do you have any knowledge of who paid him? No? then you are just raking muck with nothing to back you up.

Rebecca manipulates film all the time. We know who pays her. HSUS.

We also know how much money HSUS makes.

Its a money making racket, regardless of what her personal beliefs are.

HSUS raises alot of money,...and its a huge double standard for people to assume that they are benevolent, inspite of their wealth, while teh DFO and sealers are somehow evil and corrupt...because its an industry.

The protest is a business. smarten up!

Anonymous said...

Anon of March 12, 2007 11:11 AM
Who said “Time to move on into the new Millenium and find some decent work?

Anon again how about the millions of people who work the same type of jobs in the slaughter houses of North and South America who slaughter animals for all kinds of consumption? These people will have their jobs forever because there is no pressure put on them to stop it by you people, but the pressure laid on the sealers is astronomical, and these sealers will not be around for too many more years because the younger generation will not be doing that type of work. Why aren't you pressuring others who number in the million who slaughter animals for your table meat, dog food, fox food and many other types of food?

You aren't targeting these industries because you know that you will not get your foot in the door. Those industries are too strong for you to penetrate. The seal industry is an easy worker to target and the seal with its omnipresent tear in its eye is an ideal poster animal on whose back you can collect a hundred million dollars plus. Also please STOP targeting the unsuspecting donors to your scam and the innocent sealers who are trying to make a living the only way that they know how to, it is their traditional work. You are orchestrating a scam game on the most vulnerable workers of society while you pull in millions and millions of dollars on their backs with your traditional scamming game, it is not legitimate work that you do.