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  •  This is a much more complicated issue (2+ / 0-)
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    natasha, Progressive Chick

    than you think it is.

    With the decline in the polar bear population, and the collapse of the cod fishery, the seals are overreproducing and, if left to their own devices, starving to death. Personally I think it's better to cull the population to a sustainable size that to let them starve.

    I've been to Newfoundland, a poor place that got even poorer after the fishery collapse. The climate is harsh, there is very little arable land, almost no farming is possible, and many of the men must travel to Western Canada where there are logging jobs to find any work at all.

    The island is overrun by half-starved moose because about 100 years some wealthy genius with too much time on his hands decided that the native reindeer didn't offer enough sport to hunters. They are both the biggest cause of traffic accidents (frequently fatal) and the major source of protein. Newfoundlanders also hunt, and eat, seals, in season, and I don't begrudge them.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

    by sidnora on Wed May 19, 2010 at 06:43:19 AM PDT

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