Comments:Canadian annual seal hunt begins amid controversy

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The photo on this article may lead reader to believe that whitecoats are hunted. They are not. Whitecoats became illegal to hunt over 20 years ago. The image of a cute, fluffy, white baby seal is an image used by many animal activists to tug at the heartstrings of unknowing people. Thusly, the article does not have an unbias stance. --Zippo (talk) 14:51, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

Agreed, that photo needs to change ASAP. 18:24, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

The photo was changed, thank you! 21:40, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

   One simple question to ask - if this hunt were taking place anywhere but on pristine, white ice, would it be a problem? Red blood on white ice is not pretty - but get over it! Why not take issue with something a little less humane, like acres of chickens suffocating under each other, or bloody, messy, slaughter-houses? Perhaps criticize China for eating dogs!? 
   Listen up - it's hunting. Killing of wild animals - providing furs, oil, and meat, while also keeping the population at a sustainable level compared to essential fish stocks. It provides badly needed money for fishermen and their families. If the hunt doesn't continue as is, it will eventually become a cull, a killing for the sake of killing, with little to no use of the animal at all. A cull to save the ailing fish stocks. 
   By the way, the "Animal Rights" groups that pretend to be against the hunt - they don't really want the hunt to end. If it did, they would stand to lose MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in funds. The seal hunt makes more money for these groups through misinformed people throwing away their cash than the hunters could dream at making in many seasons.
   Lets get things in perspective, and recognize it's a harvest like any other. Pretend that it's pig farming - free-range pigs of the sea, and it's time for market. Now that I mention it - the old sealers still call the seals "swile" - imagine that.

--K.L. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:01, 1 April 2009 (UTC)