An "environmentalist" argument for the seal hunt
The whole point of sustainability is to ensure that people can sustainably harvest the natural resources of the ecosystems within which they live. The harp seal hunt is an embodiment of that principle. That's just one reason why environmentalists should actively support and defend the seal hunt.
I lay out several more reasons why we should support the hunt and oppose the European boycott in my Tyee column today (the headline refers to me as an "enviro," which I've never called myself, but nevermind). I'll catch heck, as usual, but the column isn't called Dissent for nothing.
The key point, dissent-wise: Just as the excesses of postmodernist relativism have enfeebled the left over the past quarter-century or so, a corrosive strain of fact-distorting, science-hating, Gaia-bothering obscurantism has enfeebled environmentalism. This has had serious and unaffordable consequences.
Whatever legitimate concerns we might have about the way the seal hunt is conducted, there is nothing about it that absolves us of the duty of solidarity we owe the sealing communities of Newfoundland and Labrador. We might also remember they include these people.
More on the sustainability of the hunt here and here. The definitive study on the humane aspects of the hunt is here. Thanks are due Jim Winters of the Canadian Sealers Association for his guidance, and Annie, for her inspiration, and all the other good people back in Notre Dame Bay who put me up last summer.