Re: Wyatt’s World Cartoon
(Yukon News, Dec. 4).
You would expect misinformation on the Atlantic seal hunt to come from urban animal activists who are disconnected from nature, but coming from a Yukon newspaper? This is really worrisome.
Your Wyatt’s World cartoon is totally off the mark. First, and not that it is wrong to hunt young animals, but white coat seals (or what activists and Wyatt call “baby seal”) have not been hunted since 1987.
Second, the Atlantic seal hunt is at least as highly regulated as moose or bear hunting in the Yukon. Harvest limits represent four to five per cent of the seal herd.
Professional seal hunters must be trained, licensed and certified to kill seals. Third, the seal hunt is an ecologically sustainable use of an over-abundant species, and unlike culls, the hunt is an economic contributor to local communities.
By supporting the seal hunt, the Government of Canada also supports all wildlife hunting. If Canada accepts the EU argument that the seal hunt is immoral, it won’t be long before activists and their political allies start coming after Yukon hunters and trappers.
If you want to know more about the seal hunt, go to www.sealsandsealing.net. If you believe that the EU should not be imposing its morals on the rest of the world, sign the petition at:
Eldred Woodford, Chairman
Canadian Sealers Association