Things are getting worse for sealers in this province. Now they’re getting insulted in person instead of from afar. A couple of Hollywood “celebrities” showed up in St. John’s Tuesday with a big cheque for $1 million to give to sealers if they would agree to give up the hunt.
“It’s a lot of money in Newfoundland,” Pamela Anderson is reported to have said, as she stood in the snow in her designer heels and sunglasses in the middle of December.
Canadian-born Anderson has been a long-time opponent of the seal hunt and this time she dragged along “The Simpsons” co-creator Sam Simon who looked like he was sorry for his bargain.
This is a reminder of the attention grabbing visit of Brigitte Bardot to this part of the world in the 1970s. The French actress didn’t come with a cheque in hand ... but her view of how we live our lives was just as ignorant and insulting.
Sealers are upset and they should be by this kind of nonsense.
They don’t put their lives in jeopardy to head to the ice in the spring for the fun of it.
They do it to make a living from a legal and humane harvest, a harvest like thousands of others around the world that people like Pam Anderson choose to ignore.
These big shots are fixated on the seal hunt for some reason.
The seal herds are growing out of control and they are eating themselves and us out of cod.
The seal hunt may be close to coming to an end but we don’t need this kind of treatment from ill informed dogooders who care more about the seals than the sealers and their families.
Their concern is badly misplaced.