In Canada we see over 5 million harp seals that migrate around the cool waters of our east coast. Swimming, bobbing and eating their way through the Atlantic as they glide towards the ice flows within and around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, on a mission to birth their young. 12 to 15 days after releasing a white furry bundle of fat, the mother fucks off. Her job is done and the little seal pup will float around on the ice until it gets the courage to dive into the water and begin its own journey. Polar bears and whales dine on these floating meals, encouraged by the ease of accessibility. These plump, helpless targets present a resource that can be mined for meat, fur and oils. If you have ever been into this area of Canada you are well aware how desolate, and seemingly devoid of options the environment can seem to contain, but when the seals cull on the ice, there is a situation presented by nature that has long been a sustaining force in Northern areas and communities. The harp seal, which is not in danger of extinction and actually not even close to being a threatened species, will continue to migrate, following dwindling cod stocks through the waters. Their numbers are far more dependant on the effects of fishing industries on their own food supplies and while we continue to over fish the oceans, animals like the harp seal will decline accordingly. The current federally regulated Canadian seal hunt that takes place from November until May is not causing the harp seal population to be irreversibly decimated.
What is in decline is the ability for Northern Canadian communities to sustain themselves and maintain in the North. What they need is assistance building new, strong housing and the creation of permanent infrastructure. Many Northern Peoples live in shanty shit houses. Scraped together from abandon research facilities and what random supplies make their way up to them. These are a strong people that battle the environment every single day and adapt as mother nature takes a big dump on their heads. These communities are small and can be difficult to even find on a map, but they house people that have adapted to the specific concerns the North presents. The struggles they face constantly challenge them to remain in their ancestral lands or move to warmer, southern economic centres just to survive. These people would love to have some help if your handing it out Sir Paul. The harp seals are abundant, the people in the north are endangered.
While movie flakes and music clowns shake their PR chains by denouncing the seal hunt and announcing they are “fighting” for the poor helpless pups, what are they doing to help the thousands of people in desolate areas that participate and benefit from the hunt. These people do what it takes to continue existing and many of these communities have gained sustenance from seals for thousands of years. While their existence isn’t solely reliant on seals, it is one component in a very delicate balance that they have found between life and death. Go ahead, criticize the hunt, make the push to get yourself in the news, but also consider those left behind in your wake of misinformation and misguided self promotion.
So here’s a message to all the bleeding heart hypocrites that pretend to know…You wanna help? Help those in danger. Help those in Northern Canada that are battling severe abuse problems in their communities because the youth feel they have no future. Go help the poverty stricken reserves in the Canadian North that not only have an identity crisis but health concerns that are destroying their people. The harp seal is fine….it will still have a swimmingly good time in the ocean and continue doing its thing, despite the seal hunts. Get your head out of your pompous ass and go to Northern Canada to see the real struggles then decide where to focus your PR machine shit.
In ’78, the great oceanographer Jacques Coustea stated,
"We have to be logical. We have to aim our activity first to the endangered species. Those who are moved by the plight of the harp seal could also be moved by the plight of the pig – the way they are slaughtered is horrible."
Make the effort, understand the challenges and really give your energy to a substantial cause not a hollywood campaign.