Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
This was a quote from the article a few days ago: “As a veterinary scientist, I consider the hunt to present real and significant welfare concerns. If what I have witnessed being done to a young seal was done to a horse or a dog, there is little doubt that it would be labelled as cruel.”
I find this hypocritical. This veterinarian and most other North Americans would agree it would be cruel to do what they do to baby seals to a horse or dog. Most people have no problem with the horrific slaughter of baby sheep called lambs or baby cows, calves. People seem to think that lamb chops, rack of lamb or veal is OK to eat but eating products from baby seals is cruel but not for the lamb or calf.
It also could be said for pigs, chickens, cows, turkeys and ducks. All are treated inhumanely while being raised on commercial farms (concentration camps) and are slaughtered in horrific ways as well. In fact about 70 billion are slaughtered every year.
I think we need to be honest about how we deal with animals around the world and not just pick and choose the ones we think shouldn’t be tortured. It is a good thing that most people in North America don’t like the idea of horses or dogs being eaten. Otherwise they would be on the menu in most restaurants and in the meat section of the grocery store. Why is it called cruelty for one animal and not another? Does it just come down to how good they taste? If so, that sure is a shame that our tastes cause horrific cruelty for so many and not others.
If you think it is necessary to eat these animals to survive, sorry. Studies show vegetarians and vegans have a healthier quality of life compared to those who consume meat.