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Paris Hilton to Protest Canada?

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Weapon X, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    Activists Revive Canada Seal Hunt Protest
    Jan 28, 2:36 PM EST

    Escalating a sporadic, 35-year-old protest campaign, opponents of Canada's seal hunt are advocating a travel boycott, pushing their cause in the U.S. Senate, even recruiting Paris Hilton. Canadian officials say the tactics will fail and the hunt will continue.

    "There comes a point where you just have to say, 'This is what we believe,'" said Steven Outhouse of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans. "You can't back down every time someone says it's wrong."

    The new protest initiative began after Canada last year announced a quota of 975,000 seals that could be killed off Labrador and Newfoundland through 2005.

    Protests are likely to intensify as the peak killing period approaches in early April.

    "We oppose the hunt for two main reasons — it's not sustainable and it's cruel," said Naomi Rose, a scientist with the Humane Society of the United States. The society denounces the hunt as "the largest commercial slaughter of wildlife anywhere."

    Many countries, including the United States, ban imports of seal products, but the Canadian government has steadfastly supported the hunt to show political solidarity with hard-up coastal towns. The industry earned about $15 million last year, primarily from pelt sales to Norway, Denmark and China.

    The hunt was among the earliest targets of the international animal-welfare movement, with major protests starting in 1969. Brigette Bardot was among many celebrities backing the campaign, which claimed a victory in 1983 when Canada banned the killing of "whitecoats" — the cute baby seals prized for their snow-white fur.

    Canada curtailed the hunt, then expanded it in 1996. That triggered renewed protests led by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which distributed grisly videos of seals being slaughtered.

    Canadian officials remained unswayed, saying the hunt's importance had grown because of the North Atlantic cod fishery's collapse. They also say the region's harp seals are far from endangered — now numbering an estimated 5.2 million.

    The Humane Society now has taken out full-page newspaper ads urging Americans to consider canceling trips to Canada and boycotting Canadian products. In the Senate, Carl Levin, D-Mich., introduced a resolution demanding that the hunt cease. And at this month's Sundance Film Festival, Paris Hilton posed in an anti-hunt sweatshirt — "Club Sandwiches, Not Seals" — and signed a protest letter to the Canadian Embassy.

    Tina Fagan, who heads the Canadian Sealers Association, derided such use of celebrities. "They're just using it just to generate their own publicity," she said.

    Fagan's association, which represents about 6,000 sealers and has received government funding, says it supports efforts to reduce brutality.

    "The protest groups will never go away as long as they can make a few bucks off it," Fagan said. "We'll never say we've won the battle, but we say the pressure has been dropping; we want to make sure we don't give them an issue."

    The level of brutality is among many disputed aspects of the hunt. Canadian authorities acknowledge the hunt is bloody — sealers use guns and clubs— but contend that 98 percent of harp seals are killed in "an acceptably humane manner."

    Animal-rights groups, however, contend that 40 percent of the seals are skinned alive, most less than three months old and not self-sufficient.

    "There are so many boats spread over vast spaces of ocean, there's no way the government could enforce its rules even if it wanted to," said Rebecca Aldworth, Montreal-based seal coordinator for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

    Protest organizer, John Grandy, said he hopes — and indeed, expects — the hunt will be over before there's need for activists to urge a boycott of the 2010 Olympics in British Columbia. But an end to seal season is far from certain.

    Canada last month got its first new prime minister in 10 years when Paul Martin succeeded Jean Chretien, but no top officials in their governing Liberal Party have spoken out against the hunt.

    Protesters "can advertise until they're blue in the face, and its not going to change the government's opinion," said Outhouse, the fisheries spokesman.

    Jasmine Panthaky, a Canadian Embassy spokeswoman in Washington, said Canada has attempted, as yet unsuccessfully, to ease the U.S. ban on seal products.

    "For many people, the idea of a seal hunt is abhorrent," she said. "For us, for many Canadian communities, it's a way of life."

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    On the Net:

    Humane Society: http://www.protectseals.org

    Canadian fisheries department: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
     
  2. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Man, how I wish we had the balls to tell the States to mind their own business......
     
  3. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311
    paris hilton can fuckin die, she is more usless to the world than the poop that exits our asses
     
  4. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    and that's when they lost all credibility.

    Spoiled rich girls should have something better to do.
     
  5. caL

    caL Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 7, 2003 Messages: 2,056 Likes Received: 0
    i wonder how many hundreds of furs she has in her big ass closet that is probably bigger then my god damn house.
     
  6. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    She probably has a wardrobe full of seal, and whaleskin, and bear hide, and all other ungodly concoptions that called for the slaughtering of endangered species.....


    ^^^
    Woah......synchronicity.
     
  7. Devilush

    Devilush 12oz Legend

    Joined: Feb 1, 2001 Messages: 17,035 Likes Received: 2
    god whattan idiot.


    i wanna stab her.
     
  8. imported_dowmagik

    imported_dowmagik Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 19, 2001 Messages: 1,904 Likes Received: 1
    after reading that im in the mood to go hunting.
     
  9. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    me too...

    with my flesh sword
     
  10. Devilush

    Devilush 12oz Legend

    Joined: Feb 1, 2001 Messages: 17,035 Likes Received: 2
    ooo dirty diiiiiiiirtaaaaay.
     
  11. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    It had to be said!

    she takes shots at my country... I'll take shots at her reputation.... oh wait!

    ;)
     
  12. InDY_500

    InDY_500 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 30, 2002 Messages: 5,169 Likes Received: 67
    i dont care if shes gettin 150 million dollars when her dad dies.....
    she just is a fuckin plain dits.......
     
  13. horse cock

    horse cock Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2002 Messages: 4,376 Likes Received: 99
    i think that guy is just mad that his last name is Outhouse.
     
  14. geezpot

    geezpot Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 20, 2003 Messages: 3,904 Likes Received: 158
    I think it would be funny if Paris Hilton was protesting beaver pelts.


    take the wood bitch
    http://web.mit.edu/~ccasas/www/index/beaver.jpg'>

    GZ
     
  15. type R

    type R Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 23, 2001 Messages: 2,456 Likes Received: 1
    that didnt have shit to do with paris hilton. i am very pissed off.

    paris sex team 2004.
     
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