Recently encountering a spate of anti-seal hunt ads has stimulated me to the extent of making this thread. I'm rather tired of hearing the media's one-sided view on the whole issue, and seeing celebrities jump onto the "anti seal hunt" bandwagon for what appears to be only popularity - not humanitarian - interests. Here are a few facts: Every year in the United States, and average of 15 million cows are slaughtered to provide for different kinds of food. (http://www.ers.usda.gov/news/BSECoverage.htm) 105 million pigs were killed in 2006 to provide for food such as Bacon, pork rinds, etc. (http://www.nppc.org/about/pork_today.html) And every year more then 8 billion chickens are raised and slaughtered on farms, often spending their entire lives cooped in one pen with up to 20 other chickens. (http://www.chickenindustry.com/cfi/broilerindustryreport/) Needless to say, if we judged these acts with the same criteria that animal rights groups judge the seal hunt, they would be seen as equally horrific. And when I see an ad proclaiming it a "horror" that 250,000 seals will be slaughtered during this years seal hunt, I have to admit that I feel quite irritated at the blatant hypocrisy of these so called 'animal rights' groups and their campaigns which attempt to appeal to our emotions rather then our reason. Perhaps I'm biased - but consider the facts about the seal hunt: That the seal population in itself has sustained itself easily over the past decade despite the fact that the Seal Hunt has been going on since the first Inuit First Nation settled in the north; That compared to the way in which cattle, pigs, and chicken are slaughtered, seals are killed in no less of a 'violent' fashion; and that this is a cultural tradition for the First Nations of this area that has been going on for a very long time. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/sealhunt/) (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/seal-phoque/myth_e.htm) Furthermore, allegations frequently made by anti-seal hunt groups that baby seals are "skinned alive" have repeatedly and conclusively been proven wrong. "A 2002 independent veterinarians report published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal and numerous reports mentioned by the Malouf Commission (1987) indicate that this is not true." (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/seal-phoque/myth_e.htm) So why is the seal hunt considered to be such a barbarity? Is it simply because seals (especially baby ones) are "cute" when compared to cows? Unfortunately, that would seem to be so. In today's age of media persuasion and emotional campaign tactics, perhaps that is all what counts. Opinions, please.