Hi Concerned Canadian, When you sign "Everything I eat is 100% organic. I just happen to kill it myself...", it's good that you it 100% organic but it would be even better if you did it without killing any sentient being. "All sentient beings, humans or nonhuman, have one right: the basic right not to be treated as the property of others."(Gary Francione ) Humans have to stop overexploitation of non human beings. Exploitation of non human beings is at the root of the Earth devastation. I'm also a concerned "Canadian".
Exactly what are you suggesting? That we minimize our footprint to the extent that we never impact other species? I'm no biologist but I think you have to accept that our very existence impacts other species. I live very closely with nature. I live in a remote place surrounded by ocean, barrens, bogs, and the occasional forest. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I am more in tune with nature than anyone of you commenting on here. I often sleep outside, not on some cozy sunbathed campground but on these barrens and bogs and, yes, sometimes on the ocean ice too. Just about everything that I eat is killed by me. I get to look it in the eye. I make sure it doesn't suffer. I don't have my slaughtering done by some faceless, nameless proxy so that I can pick up my meat from the store shelf. You suggest I shouldn't do this. Why? At what point was it decided that in the hierarchy of moralities your's took precedence over mine? Who makes that call? It is surely not you nor any other human on the planet. I will not refrain from using a bountiful resource to provide for my family and go from eating cheap, nutritious, and humanely slaughtered wild meat to paying $4 for a green pepper just so you can appease your guilt ridden conscience. I'm sorry but I love people. I love my family and I love myself. I don't have the same loathing for myself or my species that so many others on here seem to share. If my existence has to be supported and maintained by sometimes killing other animals then I will do it without batting an eye. I'll make it as quick and humane as I can but I will do it with a clear conscience. Unlike most of you I accept that I am a part of nature, not a spectator of it. I don't get my information from the Discovery Channel, Sesame Street, or Lunatic TV, or whatever other program you might watch that helps you feel so detached from the harsh yet beautiful realities of life. Your expressions of righteous indignation make for great reading but little substance. Whether I kill a seal or a polar bear kills it makes no difference. It will still die. I'll just be much kinder. Unlike most of the other sealers out there that people on here are so willing to attack, I have a voice. I also probably don't meet the stereotype most of you have in your mind and I am not inclined to be bullied, belittled, or typecast just so you can spew this idealist crap about animal utopias. There is no such thing. You want to talk about environmental impact? The very earth you walk on was once the home of some animal that you have misplaced so that you could have that space. Spare me the criticism. You want to eliminate human impact? In order to that you have to eliminate humans. It's easy make such broad misanthropic statements when the people being affected and far away. Not so much when it's you and yours. As I'm typing this tirade I'm watching my dying father stare out the window at an ocean he is no longer well enough to navigate. His life was filled with backbreaking labour and a family that loved him and shared that labour with him. When I read some of the fanatical crap that is posted on here I think about him and the life he has led. It is wrong for anyone to suggest that men like him are sadistic barbarians. When I see them I just see simple men of modest means working so hard to provide for their families. Delude yourselves all you want. This is what they are and all the Paul Watsons/McCartneys of the world can tell all they lies they want. It won't change the truth. Of course, the road to hell is paved with good intentions so it shouldn't surprise me that most of you appear Machiavellian enough to be willing to accept the injustice done to us in an effort to achieve a goal that will only result in disaster for the seals and my family. At least you'll sleep well at night knowing you tried your best to do what was right. That's the important thing, right?