[First - the FACTS: http://liberationbc.org/issues/seal_hunt - read b4 U critique!]
I just received a[nother] email requesting support ($$) to stop Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt from one of the big non-profits of which i'm a member, decorated with a disturbingly famliar photo of a bloodied east-coast ice field covered with the butchered bodies of my poor baby seal friends taking up the whole page, & i began to FUME [again]: WHAT HAS BEEN DONE WITH SUPPORT RECEIVED LAST YEAR? YEAR BEFORE? So i wrote them this letter:
Dear [name withheld]
Actually, i never thought i'd say this to you, cuz i love everything you do for animals, but i'm angry that you're asking for more money for a campaign that's had my energetic & passionate support - along with thousands of others* - constantly over the past few years in my passionate desire to STOP THE SEAL HUNT AT ALL COSTS. I cannot begin to describe my frustration at receiving this email, complete with the most sickening (familiar) photo of the event i (& everyone i know) OPPOSES 110%.
DO YOU THINK YOUR SUPPORTERS ARE O.K. THAT, AFTER PUTTING OUR FAITH IN BIG NON-PROFITS LIKE YOURS TO GET THE JOB DONE, THIS BLOODY CARNAGE STILL CONTINUES? FRUSTRATION DOESN'T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE WHAT SEEING THIS IN MY INBOX FOR THE 5TH YEAR IN A ROW DOES TO ME...
For my own part, i have energetically & relentlessly acted on, promoted & supported every effort to STOP THE SEAL HUNT for the past 4/5 years - including taking individual action on my own through letters to media, PM Harper et al, as well as on countless sites online. [Here's a tiny fraction of the work i've done by myself: * PlanetSedge * Twitter * ] i'm aware of all you have accomplished over the years, & i've supported your efforts enthusiastically BECAUSE OF YOUR TRACK RECORD IN BRINGING RESULTS THAT BENEFIT THE LIVES & TREATMENT OF ALL LIVING NON-HUMAN SPECIES!
Since i'm just one of thousands if not millions worldwide who strongly oppose the Seal Hunt*, this must be one of your biggest & most supported campaigns ever - especially considering how many countries have now banned all trade in its products. HOW IS IT, THEREFORE, THAT this DISGUSTINGLY INHUMANE & GLOBALLY REVILED SLAUGHTER IS SET TO BEGIN AGAIN THIS YEAR? WHY WAS SENATOR HARB'S PROPOSED BILL SOLUTION SIMPLY DROPPED IN FEB. WITHOUT A PEEP? DID YOU NOT HAVE THE BACKING OF THOUSANDS TO ENSURE THIS BILL WOULD GO THROUGH WITHOUT A HITCH? WHAT HAPPENED???
Please understand why i’m raging over yet another request for support, when i ought to be hearing “Thanks to everyone, the Seal Hunt has finally come to an end...” Haven’t i & thousands of other individuals come to count on you (& yes, other org’s too) to wrap this up?
Despite the obvious arrogance & willful ignorance of my government's refusal to upgrade our society & get on board with going green/sustainable, aren't MP's still bound by pledges to serve their people (i.e. us Canadians) in a democratic process? So why aren't these efforts having an effect? WHAT'S THE PROBLEM??? WHY DOES MY GOVERNMENT CONTINUE TO IGNORE US? WHY ARE YOU FORCED TO BEG FOR MORE SUPPORT FROM US FOR YET ANOTHER YEAR? I CAN'T TAKE ANOTHER EFFING YEAR OF THIS B.S...
I hope you can understand - & share - my extreme frustration at this point, which veers on desperation. P.L.E.A.S.E. --- HAVEN'T WE SHOWN YOU HOW MUCH WE LOVE OUR SEALS, & HOW MUCH WE'RE BEHIND YOU IN STOPPING THE UNETHICAL, UNSUSTAINABLE SLAUGHTER OF OUR BELOVED NATIVE WILDLIFE WHICH OUGHT TO BE PROTECTED? AREN'T POLAR BEARS** SUFFERING UP NORTH BECAUSE OF LACK OF ICE - AND LACK OF FOOD (i.e. SEALS?) SO WHY IS OUR PRIME MINISTER FOCUSSING ON IMPORTING PANDAS FROM CHINA WHEN OUR OWN WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE SUFFERING TERRIBLY??
WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO FIGHT THIS HARD FOR SUCH A NO-BRAINER - SHOULD WE? AREN'T THERE ENOUGH OF US THAT WE CAN GET THIS SITUATION TURNED AROUND FOR GOOD? THE TIME IS LONG OVERDUE FOR RESULTS!!
*A fraction of the Care2.com petitions showing support to end the Seal Hunt:
Stop the Seal Hunt
The Canadian government lied. This year's seal hunt is not humane. In one of the disturbing moments... more »
End the Seal Slaughter
There is a Bill that would finally end Canada's seal hunt, expected to kill 250,000 seals this year alone. more »
Stop Canada's Seal Hunt
98% of seals killed in the past two years have been baby seals between 2 weeks to 3 months old. more »
Harper: End the Seal Hunt NOW!
The seal slaughter is inhumane, unsustainable, and needs to end now! more »
** Care2.com petitions showing support to save the Arctic/Polar Bears:
Protect Arctic Wildlife
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is integral to the survival of polar bears and other wildlife more »
Protect Polar Bears From Global Warming
The Obama administration has denied polar bears the full protection they deserve under the Endangered Species Act. more »
Chill the Drills - Protect...
Known as the 'Polar Bear Seas,' the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas are essential habitat for polar bears... more »
Bears Need Our Help! Pass the...
Each year wild bears are killed so that their parts can be sold in Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM)... more »
*Photo courtesy SeaShepherd.org