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stugumby
07-20-2010, 10:24 PM
Well, I saw a ad on tv about humane society type stuff and it had a brief ugly glimpse of a seal being whacked with the club, cropped off at just before impact. I havent thought much about this since seeing that ugly stuff on tv as a kid.
So I guesss the basics are:
1. for fur
2. for population control
3. scientific research

A lot of animals are "processed/slaughtered" in ways that many find unpleasant, deer are shot or arrowed, pigs/cows and sheep get a bolt thru the head and chickens get gassed, fish get suffocated,so why club a seal??

Is clubbing more economical, or is there a valid reason, I would think possibly avalanche control, a gunshot can reverberate and set off an avalanche but on a remote ice floe/flat topped berg etc, noise wouldnt be an issue, unless it sets the herd wiggling towards water??

Im not anti fur or whatever the vogue is there, real or synthetic etc it makes me no difference, everything we eat is killed for food or its structure to make things so the only wasted thing here is the life of an animal. Im not anti hunting either, there must be rules/regulations, permits/taxes etc to sealing, so obviously the govt is making money, the fur traders get their pelts and the seal herds are kept manageable in the eyes of the profit makers.

I dont think I could club a seal, only if I was starving, or so broke and no other hope of income.. but why club the little guys, they dont bother anyone except fishermens nets and the fish, mollusks etc they eat. Barbaric or what??

Treetop64
07-20-2010, 10:32 PM
Never bought that "population control" BS. Animals never needed population control before us humans showed up. Now suddenly their numbers need to be metered...

Rubbish.

LEBillfish
07-20-2010, 10:33 PM
Fur mostly, Canada the largest producer...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_hunting

K2

AndyJWest
07-20-2010, 10:51 PM
3. scientific research
I think that it has been fairly well established (by scientific methods or otherwise) that hitting a seal with a club is liable to kill it. Further scientific research is unnecessary. Actually, it isn't just unnecessary, but a waste of taxpayers money. Probably a total scam, run by the seal-clubbing-science lobby as a means to impose socialism and the fluoridisation of water on the poor unsuspecting people...

I'm surprised that seals aren't encouraged these days. That thick fur should soak up a lot of oil. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Crazy_Goanna
07-21-2010, 03:06 AM
B@stard act
and totally unnecessary ingredients for the vacuous fashion industry and to protect the over exploited fishing industry

R_Target
07-21-2010, 05:41 AM
I always thought they did it so that they wouldn't damage the hide. Do they actually still whack them with sticks? I thought that by now, they'd use a captive bolt pistol or something.

At any rate, it seems to me a gruesome and unnecessary business, and harvesting should be limited to northern tribes that have done it traditionally.

Romanator21
07-21-2010, 01:49 PM
They still use hickory sticks to whack them on the head. You want as little blood as possible on a pelt which will become an expensive fur coat.

Hunting is not limited to northern tribes, and is a fairly large operation, and likely unsustainable. Killing for "scientific research" is mostly BS.

It is easier to feel sorry for a baby seal than say, a goat or cow, which are slaughtered in more brutal ways, but once can't help but feel that a lot of each seal does go to waste as a pose to all the products we can obtain from cow parts. I think the Inuit are the only ones that eat seal meat in Canada. However, the biggest issue is sustainability: taking only as much as necessary to ensure the population stays intact. This has been shown to not be the case with regards to seal hunting ( and many other hunting programs)

And in other news: The last female White Rhino in a South African park has been killed and poached for her horn.