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2:22pm on Monday, 6th March, 2006:

Emotive Reporting


This morning, the ever-tabloid GMTV sent one of its intrepid reporters to Canada to watch concerned ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and his wife, someone else, lie on the snow so as to explain why it's wrong to bash baby seals to death because they're just so gosh darn cute.

Anyway, in order to get some semblance of balance, the reporter interviewed a (French-speaking) Canadian seal-smasher and asked, "Don't you think it's wrong to leave baby seals lying unconscious, in agony, in the freezing snow, for hours until they die?".

I guess it must not have occurred to the reporter that if the hunter did think that way then maybe they wouldn't have done it, but as they were doing it then clearly they had no problem with their actions. I was more interested, however, in discovering how anything that's unconscious can also be in agony.

The hunter's reply was in a broken English that mixed in trapper-specific words outside of normal vocabulary, but the gist of it seemed to be that they whack the seals good and proper, it's swift and painless, and not at all fun, oh no, not fun at all.

Maybe the Canadians should just take the seals and use them for animal experiments. Hey, if they have the full ire of animal rights activists anyway, a little life-saving vivisection isn't going to make any difference.

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