Seal stunt was an insult, writes Port de Grave fisherman

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When will porn actresses, cartoon producers, clothes designers and their superstar husbands get it through their smoke-filled, hazy minds that they need to find other ways to get their careers back on track and leave the seal hunt and the people of Newfound and Labrador to live their own lives without having to listen to the bull-crap from outsiders like Pamela Anderson, Sam Simon, Paul McCartney and his super model ex-wife Heather Mills.

letter to editor

By Harris Porter

When will porn actresses, cartoon producers, clothes designers and their superstar husbands get it through their smoke-filled, hazy minds that they need to find other ways to get their careers back on track and leave the seal hunt and the people of Newfound and Labrador to live their own lives without having to listen to the bull-crap from outsiders like Pamela Anderson, Sam Simon, Paul McCartney and his super model ex-wife Heather Mills.

In 1977, Bridget Bardot spoke out against the seal hunt, in 1978 it was Tanya tucker, 2006 it was Paul McCartney with wife No. 2 speaking through a haze to the media while in Charlottetown, P. E. I., but actually thinking they were in Newfoundland and Labrador. If those memories are forgotten I apologize for bringing them up. I also apologize to anyone who watched the Juno Awards of April 3, 2006 when the host seemed to have a seal part stuck in her mouth. Her joke about her friend “Seal” earned her plenty of boos and each of them well-earned.

Why don’t those multi-millionaires stick to what he or she does best, like playing music or taking off their clothes and putting themselves in the hands of porn super studs to be used and watched by millions? They have no right to put our province's name and our people on international media to help build their bank accounts even a little bit bigger than they already are. The cheque of $1 million that was offered by Sam Simon and British Columbia’s most famous porn actress on Dec. 17 was, I believe, offered only as a way to insult proud Newfoundlanders, and give our province a black eye that we don’t deserve.

When will our local media (CBC and NTV) get it in their heads that they don’t need to try to hurt our people to sell their station’s news? Who called your station to give you a heads-up that those people were going to be at that specific building at that specific time? How much would you have to be paid to advertise for those rich idiots?

Did Don Matthews, the senior vice-president of P.E.T.A., expect a better reception from our people when he came to destroy us? I’m just happy that we are a civilized people and only fought back with words. Some countries in the world might have offered them something different.

I wonder is Sam Simon looking for more fodder for the Simpsons? Is Pamela Anderson looking for new porn studs here in our province? Whatever their real reason for being here, I would like to see them using a one way ticket out of here unless dear Pam is planning on spending Christmas on Baccalieu Island with “Sammy the Seal” as was suggested to her in April, 2006.

— Harris Porter is a fishing enterprise owner. He writes from the community of Port de Grave

Organizations: P. E., CBC

Geographic location: Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfound Charlottetown British Columbia Baccalieu Island

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  • Skeptical Cynic
    December 20, 2013 - 22:11

    After reading this childish piece of spitefully embellished garbage, it is evident that the lamentable farce that has become the seal hunt controversy is perpetuated by both the spectators and performers in this ridiculous carnival. I for one look forward to the day when the markets finally resolve the issue of this archaic, dying industry, and the embarrassing, over-the-top antics of both the protestors and the proponents are finally put to rest once and for all.

  • John B.
    December 19, 2013 - 21:01

    The Fishing Enterprise Owner should back up these words written in the Compass with his and his local fishing brother's Fishing Enterprise money to do something about this lengthy and ongoing problem instead of complaining to the already converted in a local paper to maybe gain some local attention without attracting or influencing anyone from outside the local area. Fishing Enterprise and Fish Plant owners that are the recipients of wealth generated over the years and should be looked upon and counted on to be leaders in rural communities, instead of relying on government to fix their own and community problems ; instead, both are guilty of constantly relying on and lobbying the government for money and other political favors without contributing back to their communities developing further employment opportunities to help build and create richer and healthier communities - spending time over the winter with friends in the shed will not resolve any problems. To lead by example, these entrepreneurs can and should use their own money to develop an industry to process and market seal protein locally and abroad - the future of the seal market will not be won by marketing the fur as the primary product - it has been and will continue to be a losing bet - the future of the seal fishery is and has to be the development and marketing of the meat as a healthy source of protein that is consumed year-round locally and exported to other outside markets. There should be enough local finance and smarts within this fisherman's community to find a solution to this problem to fight for their livelihood and future if they believe the cause is right, instead of the constant year-in-year-out complaining - put your money where your mouth is and fix the problem. Selling sealskin jackets and boots to the rich that can afford, or trinkets to those that cannot, is not the way forward - supplying and selling a healthy source of protein locally and to the world is the solution - the skin will still be marketed and sold as a full, it will be a part of the full-utilization of the animal solution- environmental management of the product from start to finish. Back up your words with action.

  • jean
    December 19, 2013 - 20:58

    I believe in the seal hunt and I would love to have a pr of seal boots and a seal coat I have wanted this for over 50 years BUT I cant afford them worst luck

  • jean
    December 19, 2013 - 20:55

    I believe in the seal hunt and I would love to have a pr of seal boots and a seal coat I have wanted this for over 50 years BUT I cant afford them worst luck

  • Dolf
    December 19, 2013 - 08:16

    Excellent column. Sorry to say "Killing Baby Seals" is what gets the headlines. We all saw that joker alongside Anderson doing his damnest to keep it alive.

  • Rise Above
    December 19, 2013 - 07:54

    While I agree with your ideas that these celebrities are uniformed, I do take issue with your insulting remarks about them. Is it really necessary to repetitively refer to Pamela Anderson as a "porn star"? Doing this detracts from your message and tends to reinforce the misperception that Newfoundlanders are "savages". Yes, these celebrities do need to become much more educated about our seal hunt, but it is offensive when people resort to mudslinging to accomplish their goals. Stick to the facts - I suspect it will take you further.

    • seal lover
      December 19, 2013 - 14:58

      I LOVE to eat Seal Meat & Flippers My friend "Rise Above" If you are an adult, check the name Pam Anderson or Tommy Lee (one of her husbands) in the Google search engine. Mr. Porter could have mentioned other adjectives to describe that woman but he had the good sense to just call her what she actually was - and is!

  • Violet
    December 18, 2013 - 16:56

    WTG Mr. Porter. It's about time someone had the b*lls to get right down to it. Who are these people to come here and tell us what to do? The seal hunt has been around for years. This is a way of life for some people in Newfoundland and a living for others. Keep your opinions to yourselves and we will do the same. To everyone have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

  • Violet
    December 18, 2013 - 16:55

    WTG Mr. Porter. It's about time someone had the b*lls to get right down to it. Who are these people to come here and tell us what to do? The seal hunt has been around for years. This is a way of life for some people in Newfoundland and a living for others. Keep your opinions to yourselves and we will do the same. To everyone have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

  • ciggy
    December 18, 2013 - 14:24

    Speaking as a son of a fisherman/sealer, I agree 100% with this author. I think people need to educate themselves about this matter. I remember the uproar in 2006 and how angry Newfoundlanders were when Paul McCartney was trying to do his share at sabotaging the seal hunt and if u look from then to now, you'll realize nobody is really putting up a fight for thier own heritage anymore, unlike whoever wrote this script. To Ford: you've done research out of a PETA for dummies book. You clearly don't live here, or know a true sealer or you would know that half or all of what u said is completly false. If u like fairy tales let me tell u some goo d ones to read: Three little pigs Goldilocks Twas the night before Christmas (you probably think Santa is real too don't u sweetheart?)

  • Mark
    December 18, 2013 - 12:37

    Headline should read "Seal HUNT" is an insult to civilized human beings.

    • Ford Elms
      December 18, 2013 - 13:22

      Why? Don't tell me you believe the lies that this crowd of hypocrites have been putting out there for over 40 years! Seriously? The innocent fishermen of Newfoundland, Labrador, and the Magdalene Islands have been defending themselves, usually alone, from the coordinated attacks of slick well funded multinational media manipulation companies that have been lying about sealing and demonizing and threatening sealers for nearly half a century. If you are going to tell me that you didn't know that all that garbage about seals being skinned alive and other equally offensive nonsense was untrue, then I'd really like to know when you were plannig to talk to anyone here about the issue, any plans to talk to sealers, to learn about thier lives, to learn how badly you are being lied to and manipulated by hypocritical companies like PETA and HSUS. What's more important, pretending o be morally superior to us based on nothing more than lies, or trying to be a decent human being and speaking the truth? The insult to decent human beings is that innocent rural people could be exploited and abused like this for nearly half a century and ignorant urbanites can still, after all that time, not know how they are abetting what it nothing more than the unjust exploitation of innocent people for profit.

    • Anon
      December 18, 2013 - 16:28

      I hope you don't call yourself a Newfoundlander, that would be an insult.

    • Dolf
      December 19, 2013 - 13:56

      Come on Mark, Anybody with a grain in his/her cranium knows PETA is run and kept alive by paracites.

    • david
      December 21, 2013 - 11:21

      Enjoy your hamburger, oh blissfully clueless one

  • Ruth-Anne White
    December 18, 2013 - 11:38

    Wow, can he actually say those things about someone without consequences? Why is there, in this day and age still a seal hunt? Maybe that should have been the topic? I would be interested as an advocate, against, of animal cruelty, but for natural substation. Sometimes to make a point, and achieve a purpose it is better to accentuate the positive, or educate the people. I love Newfoundland, it housed my Father during the 2nd World War, it is a beautiful Province, and is growing into an important, integral, part of Canada So educated me, why the negativity? Public people may not be well educated in geographics, or purpose, but they are using their visibility to bring attention to something they feel is important. Their lack of knowledge is not relevant when it achieves the purpose of visibility for a cause. One step forward is better than two steps back. So educate me, anyone can badmouth with sundries, tell me why these people shouldn't be there, what harm are they really doing. If a the topic 'seal hunt' is what is bringing the negative attention (in reality) why is it still going on? Educate me. Please....

  • Parent
    December 18, 2013 - 11:15

    When I contacted both CBC and NTV about good news stories, no one even bothered to get back to me. Apparently kids trying to help homeless people and animals doesn't compare to this kind of "news". We all knew exactly what they came to say.

    • Corporate Psycho
      December 18, 2013 - 13:25

      Get a grip.