Nothing sweet about syrup boycott
Friday, May 29, 20094 Comments
PETA has called for a boycott of maple syrup in response to Canada's seal hunt (From peta.org)
My Governor General did what politicians are supposed to do; she led by example and stood up against a lynch mob (Eat your heart out, PETA, May 28 2009). She cut and ate a piece of meat from a free range animal that lived in the wild. An animal not fenced in. An animal whose population is booming. An animal that does not live in a slaughterhouse or battery farm. An animal that isn't fed sex or growth hormones to increase production.
Thank you Michaëlle Jean. I wonder when Canada will have its first Black Female Prime Minister?
The same European Union that voted to ban all seal imports last month also supported the ban on Canadian beef when one farm in Alberta had cows that tested positive for Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a disease that has killed fewer people then tight-fitting hats. Member nations are fined if they don't implement bills passed in the EU; in fact, France has been fined for refusing to import beef produced with growth hormones from the United States. The EU's ban on seal products did not mention the slaughter of billions of animals for food, fur and entertainment within its own borders.
I am a male, pot smoking massage therapy student. I enjoy listening to Devendra Banhart and Jefferson Airplane. I'm a hippie who practices Yoga and loves his dog Poppins. I was, until today, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (see below). I support the ethical treatment of animals that I know feel pain and fear much as I do, but I try to be realistic about it.
Is hunting unethical? Personally, I make a point of jumping in the pool with people from all lifestyles to discern reality for myself. Lucky for me, I know a few hunters that make full use of the white tale deer they take down.
I've also had the pleasure of helping a friend with their maple syrup harvest - a friend whose business is now threatened by PETA's planned boycott of Canadian maple syrup products.
I ask you: why is her product boycotted because of seal hunting? It is the definition of prejudice and ignorance. Where is the empathy and humanity for the innocent here? How does punishing maple syrup producers help the white baby seal? (By the way, it is illegal in Canada to hunt a seal until it is older and no longer has a white coat).
Even though maple syrup is quite expensive and beyond my budget at the moment, I intend to purchase some for the first time in my life. And I'll enjoy it.
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