Hey Canada, Stop Slaughtering This Guy

By Amelia Atlas,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2009 6:24 AM CDT
Hey Canada, Stop Slaughtering This Guy
Activists of Fourrure Torture organisation hold banners to protest against the seal hunt, near the Canadian embassy in Paris, Thursday, March 26, 2009.    (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

It's time for Canada to end the systematic slaughter of hundreds of thousands of baby seals, argues Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post. While the US and even bear-hunting Vladimir Putin have banned the practice, Canadians keep up the "gruesome drill" of massacring baby seals for their pelts. While Parker usually turns a blind eye, this year PETA sent her a hakapik—"the aptly named bludgeoning and hacking instrument"—which caught her attention.

The hakapik, used to efficiently crush seals' skulls, is theoretically humane, but it's tough to
"properly administer a blow to the head when one is standing on a slippery ice floe swinging a heavy club at a small moving animal." And just because slaughterhouses are cruel does not mean we should extend our cruelty to a "bloody industry" of declining economic importance. "Come on, Canada," Parker argues. "See things Putin's way and I'll donate my hakapik to the museum of your choice." (Read more Kathleen Parker stories.)

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