Despite record low ice levels, Canadian officials seem hell bent on choking down baby seal flesh before they’ll willingly choke back their pride and denounce the seal slaughter. According to news reports, tomorrow, in an effort to thumb their noses at the E.U.’s recent seal-product ban, Canada’s parliamentary restaurant will be serving seal meat to politicians (and in other news, I just threw up a little).
This isn’t the first time that government officials have proposed placing the decomposing flesh of a bludgeoned baby seal on their menu, and according to Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette, the bloody feast is meant to demonstrate “the solidarity of the Canadian Parliament behind those who earn a living from the seal hunt.”
(Not so) sorry to break it to Senator Hervieux-Payette, but the commercial seal slaughter, which accounts for 97 percent of seals killed each year, is not a subsistence trade. Profit from the slaughter barely exceeded C$1 million in 2009, and the average pay for a sealer was just C$200.
Written by Logan Scherer