Its Seal hunting time again in Canada. Seal hunting is a marginal if not somewhat vain and antiquated industry. Personally I find it as acceptable a means of earning a living as growing tobacco. So in a nut shell I am saying it is an industry that should die out. I don’t think we should waste a nickle defending it or abolishing it. No money to prop up the industry and no money to abolish it. Just let it die , as I am sure it will.
But one thing that annoys me is that people keep saying that the anti seal hunters are taking away the living of sealers. To that I say; So what ? There are many trades that have died out. What about Slaving, Whaling, Wheelwrights, legal drug den attendants, (yes they were once legal) spittoon manufacturing and to some degree coopering (barrel making). Life goes on and people adapt, much quicker than the environment.
I doubt that seals will ever become extinct, they are pretty hardy creatures, but if an animal is hunted to extinction it is gone never to come back. The human race didn’t die out because we stopped making wagon wheels. When I was 37 I went back to school and went from being a building janitor to an analyst. I know many people that changed jobs people adapt well the environment doesn’t.
Do I feel sorry for sealers that will lose their jobs? Yes sure, but they will live, no one said life was fair. I think the seals have a tougher time, at least we don’t have to worry about some 20 foot giant coming along to beat us to death with a club.