Seal clubbing isnít an Olympic event, is it?


Tyr
#1
An unusual campaign by PETA attempts to link the 2010 Games to the seal hunt.

This from MacLeans Magazine. Why is it everyting you read something about PETA the word "unusual" seems to be tied to it

The brightly coloured inukshuk that serves as the symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics is, according to the official bumpf, ďan eternal expression of the hospitality of a nation that warmly welcomes the people of the world with open arms every day.Ē It even has a nameóIlanaaqóthe Inuktitut word for friend.




But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the U.S.-based animal rights organization, has come up with a decidedly less wholesome version of the 2010 Gamesí most visible trademark: The iconic stone man clubbing a baby seal to death as blood drips from the Olympic rings.

The parody is prominently featured on the groupís website and is serving as the centerpiece of a year-long anti-Games campaign, meant to pressure Canadian politicians to bring an end to the East Coast seal hunt. ďThis is a time when the whole world is looking at Canada, and itís a perfect occasion for the country to remove a bloody stain from its international reputation,Ē says Colleen Higgins, the Atlanta-based organizer of the campaign. ďItís perfect time for the government to step up.Ē


PETA happily acknowledges the absence of any directóor even indirectóconnection between next yearís international sporting event on the West Coast, and the long-controversial part of the Atlantic fishery, but makes no apologies for hijacking the Games to grab headlines. ďWhat weíre known for is eye-catching demos,Ē says Higgins. (In recent years, the organizationís greatest media exposure has come through anti-fur ad campaigns featuring semi-naked celebrities.) On Thursday, they fired their most recent salvo: spreading fake blood on the ice of Ottawaís Rideau Canal. ďIt represents the hundreds of thousands of seals who lose their lives on the floes off the East Coast every year,Ē says Higgins. More protests are planned for later this month in Toronto, and at Canadian embassies and consulates around the globe.

So far, VANOC, the Games organizing committee, is taking a low-key approach to the appropriation of Ilanaaq. Although the Olympic movement is legendarily litigious when it comes to protecting its trademarks from unauthorized commercial use, it tends to let parody, satires and artistic representations slide by. VANOC reps declined to comment on-the-record about the PETA campaign, and clearly have little interest in adding fuel to the fire with legal action.

However, the animal rights group, a long-time opponent of the seal hunt, believes its stunts are working, particularly overseas. A recent viral campaign in Germanyówhich saw the creation of a fake heavy metal band called The Canadians, with a signature tune ďKill, kill,Ē is up for an advertising award next month. The spoof, created by the Hamburg office of Springer and Jacoby, spread fake tour posters with Iron Maiden style graphics around the country. A Myspace page and Youtub video offered links to PETA, and on-line petitions. Sonia Dicke, a firm representative says the campaign generated 300,000 clicks a week at its height last summer, and that to date, more than 4,500 of the ďbandsĒ T-shirts have been sold. And the musicians who performed the anti-sealing dirgeóa real heavy metal act called Blackened Whiteówill perform a one-off gig as The Canadians next month at the Art Directorís award ceremonies in Berlin. ďItís a very serious evening,Ē says Dicke. ďLast year, Karl Lagerfeld was there.Ē
 
TenPenny
#2
I've always thought that PETA was pretty disconnected from reality.
 
lone wolf
#3
People Eat Tasty Animals ... just about as out of touch as Greenpeace has become.
 
Tyr
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

People Eat Tasty Animals ... just about as out of touch as Greenpeace has become.


I tend to think of both Greenpeace and PETA as "eco-terrorists"
 
lone wolf
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Tyr View Post

I tend to think of both Greenpeace and PETA as "eco-terrorists"

Don't get me wrong. I'm against cruelty to animals. Where are these defenders of the underdog when a Grizz gets a mouthful of trout's head?
 
Tyr
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Don't get me wrong. I'm against cruelty to animals. Where are these defenders of the underdog when a Grizz gets a mouthful of trout's head?

I'm against cruelty to animals.

Oddly enough. PETA isn't - releasing farm bred minks into the wild, burning chicken ranches
 
CanadianLove
#7
How come they aren't up here saving the horses in BC. That is the worst waste of animals lifes I've seen in a while. At least the seals are putting food on someones table.
 
shadowshiv
#8
PETA can kiss my heinie. All they do is try to catch the latest headlines. There are so many people that do not take them seriously anymore due to their inane antics that they may as well just pack it up.

*singing*

I feel like chicken tonight, chicken tonight...

 
ironsides
#9
More like fur coats on rich people. If any species needs culling, it is us. It is also time for those who live where jobs are scarce move. There is no need to kill seals or destroy animal life, we as a population do enough damage without all this extra killing.
 
TenPenny
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by ironsides View Post

More like fur coats on rich people. If any species needs culling, it is us. It is also time for those who live where jobs are scarce move. There is no need to kill seals or destroy animal life, we as a population do enough damage without all this extra killing.

Define 'extra' killing.

Seals are killed to provide food and other products. So are chickens, cows, pigs, salmon, halibut, carrots, potatoes, and trees.
 
Spade
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

Define 'extra' killing.

Seals are killed to provide food and other products. So are chickens, cows, pigs, salmon, halibut, carrots, potatoes, and trees.

But, Ironsides does have a point about unbridled human population growth negatively impacting biodiversity.
 
TenPenny
#12
Unbridled growth, yes.

Hardly an issue here in North America, though.
 
Stretch
#13
how do you feel about the flagship of Greenpeace, the Rainbow Warrior being blownup in Auckland Harbour by french scuba divers, killing the skipper and a crewman, all because they wanted the french to stop testing nuclear weapons at Mururoa Atoll?
 
Stretch
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by ironsides View Post

. If any species needs culling, it is us. It is also time for those who live where jobs are scarce move. There is no need to kill seals or destroy animal life, we as a population do enough damage without all this extra killing.

no truer words were ever spoken mate.
 
Tonington
#15
Are you two volunteering, Stretch, ironsides?
 
Stretch
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by Tonington View Post

Are you two volunteering, Stretch, ironsides?

well, I cant speak for ironsides, but I can say I'd be more than willing to volunteer my services to help process the volunteers.
 
Tonington
#17
I see. Humanity needs culling, and you recognize this, but you lack the conviction to offer yourself. But you'll process those who possess said conviction.

What method, would you use? Nerve agents, rifle, guillotine, club?
 
CanadianLove
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by Tonington View Post

I see. Humanity needs culling, and you recognize this, but you lack the conviction to offer yourself. But you'll process those who possess said conviction.

What method, would you use? Nerve agents, rifle, guillotine, club?

Mass unemployment so the weak minded kill their families and commit suicide, also the criminally minded get thrown in jail or the police are forced to shoot them in self defence.

They started already.
 
Tonington
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by CanadianLove View Post

They started already.

They must really suck at it. They're doing a piss poor job.
 
RanchHand
#20
Bad news men. It's not only PETA. Looks like your Best Bud VP is bailing out.

Russia is moving to end its seal hunt, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin calling it a "bloody industry."
The decision comes as the European Union edges toward banning the trans-shipment of seal products, a move that could stop the Atlantic seal hunt for good.
In recent weeks, Russia has stopped the killing of whitecoats, the youngest seals, and has now pledged to protect older seals as well, though it did not give a timeline.
"It is clear that [our hunt] should have been banned a long time ago," Mr. Putin said, according to a statement distributed yesterday by the embassy in Ottawa.
Russia's Natural Resources Minister, Yury Trutnyev, called seal hunting "one of the most inhumane types of hunting in the world, which is banned in the vast majority of developed states."

globeandmail.com: Putin curbs 'bloody' seal hunt
 
bobnoorduyn
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by RanchHand View Post

Bad news men. It's not only PETA. Looks like your Best Bud VP is bailing out.

Russia is moving to end its seal hunt, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin calling it a "bloody industry."

Uh, yeah, so we should believe the leader of a country like that, okay, yes, thallium is far less bloody than the hakapik.
 
CanadianLove
#22
I don't know if it was here or on a news forum I read that someone was living in Nfld at the time Macartny and his wife came to protest. After they were gone some one in St. John's came up with the idea of a button. They sold like crazy I guess. (I made a avatar from the idea. I'm savin' it for the right forum.)
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taxslave
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by Stretch View Post

how do you feel about the flagship of Greenpeace, the Rainbow Warrior being blownup in Auckland Harbour by french scuba divers, killing the skipper and a crewman, all because they wanted the french to stop testing nuclear weapons at Mururoa Atoll?

I called it a GOOD START.
 
CanadianLove
#24
Halifax bus driver who beat toy seal with stick won't be charged

Anti-seal hunt protest taking place at time of incident

Last Updated: Monday, March 16, 2009 | 8:15 AM AT


A Metro Transit bus driver in Halifax won't face criminal charges after he jumped out of his bus and used a stick to beat a toy seal being used as a prop by anti-seal hunt protesters.

Transit officials say they are investigating the incident internally.

Anti-seal hunt protesters set up on Spring Garden Road, the busy downtown Halifax shopping district, as part of an international day of action against seal hunting on Saturday. The protesters were using a toy seal covered in fake blood as a prop, to help make their point that sealing is inhumane.

The driver was behind the wheel of his bus when he spotted the protest.

"He exited the bus and went over to the area where the protesters were, and began beating on the stuffed animal seal that was on the ground there," said Staff Sgt. Don Fox of the Halifax Regional Police.

The driver used a stick to beat the stuffed toy.

Fox said police officers removed the driver from the protest area and contacted his supervisors. The driver then got back on his bus and continued with his work day, according to police.

"I know that the incident in question is under investigation," said Lisette Cormier, spokeswoman for Metro Transit. "We'll be speaking to the operator in question … so I hope to have a lot more details then."

Cormier said Metro Transit officials hoped to comment further Monday or Tuesday.

This comes several days after another embarrassing incident involving a Metro Transit bus driver, when on Tuesday a driver refused to let a Muslim woman wearing a veil over her face get on his bus.

An eyewitness to that incident told CBC News that the driver was upset that the woman was wearing a headdress that allowed only her eyes to show.

The woman was eventually allowed on the bus.

Halifax bus driver who beat toy seal with stick won't be charged
 
Colpy
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by CanadianLove View Post

Halifax bus driver who beat toy seal with stick won't be charged

Anti-seal hunt protest taking place at time of incident

Last Updated: Monday, March 16, 2009 | 8:15 AM AT


A Metro Transit bus driver in Halifax won't face criminal charges after he jumped out of his bus and used a stick to beat a toy seal being used as a prop by anti-seal hunt protesters.

Transit officials say they are investigating the incident internally.

Anti-seal hunt protesters set up on Spring Garden Road, the busy downtown Halifax shopping district, as part of an international day of action against seal hunting on Saturday. The protesters were using a toy seal covered in fake blood as a prop, to help make their point that sealing is inhumane.

The driver was behind the wheel of his bus when he spotted the protest.

"He exited the bus and went over to the area where the protesters were, and began beating on the stuffed animal seal that was on the ground there," said Staff Sgt. Don Fox of the Halifax Regional Police.

The driver used a stick to beat the stuffed toy.

Fox said police officers removed the driver from the protest area and contacted his supervisors. The driver then got back on his bus and continued with his work day, according to police.

"I know that the incident in question is under investigation," said Lisette Cormier, spokeswoman for Metro Transit. "We'll be speaking to the operator in question Ö so I hope to have a lot more details then."

Cormier said Metro Transit officials hoped to comment further Monday or Tuesday.


Halifax bus driver who beat toy seal with stick won't be charged

I LOVE this guy!!!!!!

lol

Quote:

An "Earth-Firster" is the kind of person that would step over someone sleeping in a puddle of their own piss on a New York street to throw a bucket of pig's blood on somebody wearing a fur coat.

Dennis Miller, as quoted by Ron James

I wish I'd said that.

Or beaten the stuffed seal, either one.
 
TenPenny
#26
I found that article simply hilarious. Too bad he stopped his bus to do it (because that got him suspended), but I'm picturing how funny that would have been to see.
 
Toro
#27
Considering all the ridiculous sports that they have been putting in the Olympics, I wouldn't be the least bit surprise if "seal hunting" was in.
 
Risus
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

I've always thought that PETA was pretty disconnected from reality.

PETA are a bunch of idiots who unfortunately are funded by a bunch of rich braindead morons.