If you haven’t heard, a few weeks ago while delivering a speech, Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea had a tofu pie shoved in her face by an angry PETA member protesting the seal hunt. Yeah, tofu pie. As if regular pie wasn’t insulting enough.
First, let me say I’m unsure of where I stand on the seal hunt issue. I’ve always been a big supporter of animal rights, and in fact, I used to be a PETA member. I have one of their posters plastered to my bedroom door at home, and I used to receive tons of propaganda from them in the mail on a weekly basis. Like any kid, I took one look at the gruesome images of mangled chicks and felt the need to rescue every chick in the universe. But as I grew older and began to understand the hate messages behind pretty much everything PETA does, the whole thing turned sour.
I still do what I can to promote activism. I’ve held fundraisers, fostered dogs and cats, and made donations. But when you turn around and start inciting hate and violence on the very province in which I was born, my most beloved place on earth, you best be prepared for a fight, bitch.
The hatred PETA has garnered towards Canada, and especially Newfoundland, is unbelievable. It’s not just PETA either, there are some idiot Canadians spreading their hate messages as well. Take the Fuck Off Newfoundland Facebook group, or the professionally designed Touring Newfoundland. These morons are so secure with their take on the issue, they haven’t provided contact information for rebuttal.
This makes my blood boil. Regardless of whether you support the seal hunt or not, you do not lump an entire province into one group. I won’t even go into the logistics of the debate, the “facts” and the arguments, it’s a battle which will never be won. But I can guarantee us Newfoundlanders won’t go down without a fight, and if we can weed out all the wackjobs and ignorant fools through this process, we’ll be a better province for it. As someone who comes from a rural background, I’ve watched my father hunt moose and my best friend snare rabbits. It’s a part of my life, and I’m willing to fight to defend how we supplemented our food resources.
If you want to really reach out, come to Newfoundland and talk to us in a civilized way. Be patient and understanding before you try to understand the struggles of earning an income in this province. Offer alternatives for those thousands who would lose their jobs, and their families who would suffer.
Need an example of true Newfoundland spirit? Here’s one response to the PETA member’s pie action when Stephen Harper came to visit last week.
Two wrongs maybe don’t make a right, but PETA had it coming. The only thing I would have enjoyed about this video more is if the tool of “terror” were a seal-flipper pie. Now take your signs and shove it.
Oh shit I might actually get some hatemail for this one. Bring it.