I agree with you. We have made a mess of the fish stocks. We have to live with that now. However, the cod fishery has been a non-entity since 1992. You would think the stocks would've replenished after 17 years of relative quiet. But they won't come back because the seal population keeps growing and, being a natural predator, seals will keep the cod stocks down by eating the few remaining fish in the area. They don't stand a chance of coming back unless the seal population is kept to a sensible level. This was not a problem when the cod stocks were strong, when both fishermen and seals alike could take from the pool and not jeopardize the balance. But the reality is foreign overfishing, poor government management and general disinterest from the likes of IFAW worked to decimate the cod (they're just not cute enough). Now it's our responsibility to correct this unbalance. If that means culling 2-3 million seals from the herd then let's get at it and let the bleeding hearts suck it up.
I fear the alternative...a total ban on the hunt.
Twila, seals don't just eat cod. I listed their entire diet further back in this thread. If the cod stocks are down that means they are eating the remaining species to survive. And once they're gone so go the seals. When seals eat a fish they don't consume the whole fish. They eat the soft belly and chuck the remaining parts back onto the ocean floor. Much like the seal hunters do with a seal carcass. Sort of ironic in an animalistic way.
when man lived in harmony with nature.
It sucks that the fishing industry wasted all the Cod so that now there are none. Some said hit the brakes but the fishing industry moved on to other fish stocks and now they have started to fail. It was the fishing industry that wasted all that abundance that was on the east coast. Same thing is happening on the west coast too.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
At what point do you say enough? At what point do you agree that the fishing industry doesn't know what it's doing and step in? Now? When it's all gone? Something you make up right now because you don't know the answer?
I sick to death of hearing about people's jobs. There will always be work for those smart enough to move with the flow. We don't need a six million dollar seal harvest, for some seriously dubious reasons. We need to have morally upstanding, sustainable work that is progressive without resorting to simply raping the earth and giving it away for nothing.
If you just leave the fishery alone, stop trying to fix things by slaughtering other things, it will return or be replaced by a successful species in balance.
I know that doesn't sound any where near as fun as going and shooting things up and blaming every thing on nature, the weather, the bosa nova and bad luck, but there you have it.
It's coming along. What does that have to do with the topic other than something to distract from you obviously not having a damn thing to come back with in rebuttle to the points I've made?
Wow, miss a few hours...miss a lot.
Yes the hunt is carried out in the name of vanity but that should not be the main focus.
These animals are a direct threat to the remaining fish stocks on the east coast and in the arctic.
Where is the leadership from our government to look at this industry and refine it so that the hunt is done for the right reasons? It needs attention at the federal and provincial level. Simply calling it cruel and saying it should be shut down is not constructive and is a kneejerk reaction.
Take a cue from Karrie and process the whole animal. The meat can be used for pet food. It's also rich in protein and can be processed into capsules for human intake. Why aren't these paths explored further? Any way you slice it the hunt has to carry on, just to cull the necessary numbers in order to maintain balance in the region. Otherwise, we are going to see seals creeping up the St. Lawrence River straight to the heart of the country. Then by geezus you'll hear an outcry.
If the seal hunt is welfare then so is cattle ranching or mink farming or the textile industry.
Your logic is weak and falls right in line with typical Canadian attitude towards the east coast. Sure, why don't we shut the hunt down. Then Ottawa can send the displaced people more of your tax dollars in transfer payments. Would that satisfy your righteous mind? Either way you can still use the 'welfare' mindset. How convenient, eh?
Well I made a whole thread for you in the Cage where you don't have to worry about topic or rebuttle or anything to do with constructive discussion. You're welcome to sit there doing whatever it is you are trying to do here without bothering anyone in the thread.