I just finished reading a good chunk of “An Enviro’s Case for Seal Hunt” (I didn’t finish the whole thing because, like most Tyee articles, it was way too long), in which Terry Glavin explains why the seal hunt isn’t as bad as Paul McCartney et al make it out to be:
The Newfoundland seal hunt is transparently and demonstrably sustainable and humane. There are roughly half a million people in Newfoundland and Labrador, and nearly six million harp seals, which is almost three times as many seals as when I was a kid.
I’ve always had pretty mixed feelings about the seal hunt, but this pushes me a little closer to the “oh, calm off” camp. I don’t think people should be wearing fur, but the seals are also used for a host of other products. They’re sustainably harvested, generally die instantly and in circumstances that, as Glavin puts it, are “as clean as anything you’re likely to find in an abattoir.”
From what I can gather, if you eat meat or wear leather, you’re being pretty hypocritical to disapprove of the seal hunt.
If you’ve got some emotional, volunteer or monetary capital to invest in an environmental cause, please don’t spend it on saving baby seals.