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Sealing My Philosophy

[Ed. Note: For another philosophical presentation about why humans benefit by treating all life equally, please watch Does the Animal Kingdom require a 'Bill of Rights'? And Act to End the Namibian Seal Slaughter. Though not as well known as the infamous Canadian harp seal hunt, both "hunts" are about clubbing baby seals to death for a dwindling fur market and as  fishing industries continue to blame the decreasing number of fish on seals. If you eat sea life you are indirectly promoting these seal hunts.]

By Lisa Selvaggio, Third Eye
July 2011

So the seal hunt, and humanity’s barbarism in general, cannot end until we all awaken to the fact that we are not better. Just equals. And there is nothing wrong with that. Only in equality and openness can we find harmony and balance.

Images of seals beaten to death—hooks in their skin, clubs to their skulls until they collapse in on themselves—are strewn about the social networking pages in hopes of spreading awareness. Herds of seals cornered, away from the sea, surrounded by ruthless humans, awaiting their slaughter with no escape. The blood pours and covers the ground. Age is not significant, but the young are sometimes targeted in particular. This is the seal hunt. And it doesn’t just happen in Canada. This is the ritual slaughter of harmless, sentient creatures. For fur. For things like supposed performance enhancers. For no good reason at all except the selfishness and heartlessness of humanity.

And the seal numbers dwindle. So what comes next? What comes after we have exhausted the population until it is no more? What will we target, for our fashion, for our superstitions? In the meantime, the animals are used as products of a “free market,” treated as though their skin doesn’t feel the pain of the hook blade piercing through one end and out the other; as if their brains cannot comprehend death, nor their nervous systems the fear; treated as if their blood is not like the blood of a human’s, piping through an intricate system of organs and tissue to sustain the body that, in many ways, exceeds the abilities of humans. The pup is picked up, slammed to the ground until it is unconscious, clubbed until the spirit leaves the vessel behind. Hundreds of thousands at a time.

Yet, people wonder why we treat one another with such hatred, why there’s so much negativity in this world, why we cannot find peace, why our lives continue to get harder, why the animals fear us, why the environment is struggling to sustain us. It is because we find it necessary to dominate, not just the planet, not just the wild, but each other. Sexism, racism, speciesism are all connected, even though some people will argue that they’re not. They’re all connected because they all boil down to the same common notion that, although we are all equal—just spirits or energies taking on different bodily forms upon this plane of existence—we are different, and one gender is better than the other, or one race is stronger than another, or one animal is less deserving of life than another.

In the end, no matter what form of life your spirit chose to manifest in this time around, you are equal—no better, no lesser—to the birds that take flight amidst the clouds or the seals that fly under the waves. This is my philosophy, and I have thankfully met many others who feel the same.

So the seal hunt, and humanity’s barbarism in general, cannot end until we all awaken to the fact that we are not better. Just equals. And there is nothing wrong with that. Only in equality and openness can we find harmony and balance.