April 6, 2004

Oh, Just Shut The Hell UP

And go back to your veal tortellini.

They're parasite infested 350 lb water rats.

They taste like rancid codfish.

Yes, they do.

You've never eaten seal meat.

I have.

They are also hugely responsible for massive declines in fish stocks. What the hell did you think they ate? Seaweed? Fish, which - in case you haven't noted - is high on the menu at your favorite sushi bar.

In fact, if seal didn't taste like rancid codfish, it would be on the menu at your favorite sushi bar.

In 2000 there were an estimated 4.0 to 6.4 million harp seals in Canada - more than double that of 20 years ago. About a million pups are born each year. They are not endangered.

Yes, it sucks to be clubbed over the head. It sucks for a cow, it sucks for a sheep. It also sucks to be crushed alive in the jaws of an Orca or to die from infection or injury from wounds incurred during the rutting season. Life and death for wild animals is not bloodless or painless. They all die, and it's sooner, rather than later.

If we cannot stop pretending otherwise, then please - some balance. Let's see the PETA folks swim out to place their bodies between a baby seal and a polar bear for a goddamn change.

Posted by Kate at April 6, 2004 5:50 PM

Slightly bigger dead animals.

Posted by: Rob at April 7, 2004 9:42 AM

I probably come across as a little harsh, eh?

Posted by: Kate at April 7, 2004 9:46 AM

Not really Kate, refreshingly realistic.

Posted by: Fred at April 7, 2004 10:13 AM

Nature is harsh, and believing in Bambi and clapping our hands doesn't change that.
As long as I'm on the Disney stream of consciousness thing, these were the same people who blew away Old Yeller - how's that for the other end of the spectrum?

Posted by: Rob at April 7, 2004 10:18 AM

Not harsh, but interesting. However, I think Mother nature usually comes up with the most interesting way to cull exploding populations, including our own, which isn't always as nice as hitting something over the head with a club.

Posted by: alexandra at April 7, 2004 11:17 AM

I actually prefer the PETA protesters who get all naked and body painted myself(the female ones anyways).

Posted by: big al at April 9, 2004 2:39 AM

Oh Bravo! I'm glad somebody said it!

Posted by: John A at April 16, 2004 3:05 PM