Saturday, February 6, was the last day of the Conference of the G7 Finance Ministers.
From the Canadian Press: IQALUIT, Nunavut – It seems everyone in this Arctic community was trying to put the issue of seals in front of the European delegation…
But regardless of their efforts, the Europeans just weren’t biting – not into seal meat anyway.
A summit-ending community feast with raw and cooked seal on offer, along with local fare, like caribou, whale and muskox, was studiously avoided by the principals of France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.
And at a concluding news conference, the subject of seal and the proposed European ban on seal products was treated as an unsavoury subject.
Iqaluit-based reporter Kent Driscoll drew an uncomfortable silence from the four finance ministers when he asked them if their stay in Iqaluit had taught them a lesson about the importance of seal in the Canadian North.
The ministers exchanged glances, lowered their heads, but said nothing.
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Comment: Television is to blame. Were it not for the pictures of lovable seal pups being clubbed to death shown again and again on European networks, this issue would never have arisen.
However, if it is true what anti-hunt campaigners say – that some seals are skinned while still conscious – that would not be defensible. Let us hope it is not true, or only a rare exception.
The fact remains that imaginative television producers could easily zoom in on the slaughtering of other young animals whose meat is acceptable and who are slaughtered according to the rules, as the killing of seal is in Canada, and achieve the same results.
Opinion leaders in Europe seem to have made up their minds, on the evidence presented to them. For them, and for the rest of the world for whom the approved killing of some or all animals is not morally acceptable, the only logical alternative is limited or unlimited vegetarianism.