I was just reading this about the protestors out in force harrassing Canadian seal hunters. Most people who don't know anything about the seal hunt would think think they are hunting baby seals. The cute ones with the white fur that look like some sort of plush furry toy you might give your child to play with. Well that's not the case, not any more. It hasn't been the case for a number of years.
The animal activists admit that rules are in place that don't allow baby seals to be killed. However, they also shriek that the hunters are doing so anyways. It would be a little difficult for the hunters to do so in secret, considering that they know they are being filmed and recorded by these same activists. Do you really think the footage wouldn't be all over the place if the activists were telling the truth about the seal hunt?
The people who go and protests these things aren't really about protecting the baby seals. The real agenda is to destroy the fur trade altogether. Enlisting celebrities to make statements and build support is just one of their tactics in getting attention. PETA and others make no bones about their agenda. They don't want animals to be used or killed for any reason by humans and are willing to break the law to stop it. This includes stopping medical research. It seems to me that these various groups are all about raising animals to a place equivalent with human beings, much like the "chicken lady" who I saw on a CBC documentary awhile back "Chickens are people too". From what I recall she couldn't be bothered to attend to her Dad as he was dying because her chickens "needed" her. She seemed totally unhinged and perhaps insane.
On what basis are Animal Rights activists opposed to people using animals. Are animals sentient beings? There's no proof. Humans are not herbivores for a reason. We are built to consume both plant and animal food sources. People who claim religious reasons for being vegetarian ought to ask themselves why would a God opposed to animals as food design humans to digest them. Sikh guru Nanak tells us that it's a useless arguement. No one is in a position to know the will of the Creator on this point. He says you are better off spending your time on more useful endevours than debate this point.
In any case the protestors not only put themselves in danger, but the hunters as well. Is it really worth risking your life out on the water to "protect" the seals. There are millions of seals with only 300,000 or so targeted for the hunt. This stat from an animal conservation group.
The protestors should protest within the framework of the law. If they insist on endangering themselves and the hunters, they should be arrested for their own good. Which is what happened.