The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
Letter from Sean Greene about Seal Hunting - 13 Feb 2006
To Whom it May Concern:
I would like to start off by saying that by no means do I advocate the slaughter of baby seals by means of pick-axe.
Today a petition to stop the slaughter of seals came my way, that I refused to sign, thus making a very cute girl cry. However, the argument was very one sided and irrational, ending with a radical idea to boycott Canada like they were France.
Now that I have made that point, I would like to ask you if you ever considered any possible reasons that the fisherman would kill the seals? I believe you are overlooking several legitimate reasons why these animals may be killed.
For example, in deer hunting, the animals are allowed to be hunted due to overpopulation and the eventual starvation of the deer.
You may also be overlooking the fact that the seals are killed in season because they compete with the fishermen for fish. Would you rather see a few seals killed or the price of fish skyrocket, thus causing even more problems for poor Americans? Or are you all just too ready to adopt any plight that an animal may be in, hoping to change something that you have absolutely no control over.
Sean Greene, 16
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you for writing.
Simply put, there is no need to kill any animal for human consumption. There is more than an abundance of plant foods, and the human race would be a lot healthier on a plant based diet.
The seal issue is one of killing baby seals so that there will be more fish to kill. One fisherman candidly told us that he kills seals in the off season so that he has some income, and that the fish issue is just an excuse. This wouldn't be a problem on a plant based diet.
Also deer herds are manipulated to produce more deer for the hunters.
People kill because they like to kill, not because they have to.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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