Apr. 14th, 2006

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I chortled grimly when I read this CBC, a news story about the unhappiness of residents of one Newfoundland community about animal-rights observers' involvement in the seal hunt.

"I think the people in Cartwright have some concerns [because] there's a lot of people from Cartwright that are out sealing right now," said RCMP Cpl. Mark Hancock.

Sandra Noseworthy said she and other Cartwright residents did not appreciate hearing what the protesters had to say.

"They say that what we're doing is a massacre and barbaric and everything else," she said.

"But, I mean, this is something that's been taking place in Newfoundland and Labrador for years. And it's really frustrating."

It's not unfair for me to point out that an atrocity's tradition by no means justifies said atrocity, and that people who can't recognize this basic fact should be ashamed of themselves. But then, we two both come from a culture where, for whatever reason, it's considered entirely defensible to send fisherman to ice floes dozens of kilometres from shore at considerable personal danger to hunt seals, indeed where the seal hunt is seen as a vital component of regional culture worthy of defense. There's something wrong with our culture, I fear.
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