Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea called Anderson’s remarks disappointing and suggested she spend time with East Coast sealers to understand the hunt’s importance.
“Hollywood celebrities are not going to dictate policy in Canada because we make decisions that are based on science and consultation with Canadians,” Shea said in a telephone interview.
One of the biggest arguments I hear from hippies that vehemently oppose the seal hunt is that they are cute and that they kill baby seals. In the world of make-believe, even facts don’t take the hysteria out of their argument.
Anderson said baby seals are bludgeoned in front of their mothers before they have their first swim, but Shea said the killing of baby seals hasn’t been practised in Canada since the early ’80s. Activists focus on it because it tugs at the heart strings, Shea said.
I love you Pam, but you’re not exactly the sharpest Crayon in the box.