Musician Iggy Pop arrives at PETA's 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards at The Hollywood Palladium on September 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (September 24, 2010 - Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)
***Warning*** this story is graphic and tough to watch but I feel very strongly as does Iggy about that fact that this horrific Baby Seal "hunting" is still going on!
FULL PETA STORY HERE
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Iggy Pop is raising his voice against Canada's horrific seal slaughter. Each year, the Canadian government allows sealers to descend on the ice to club hundreds of thousands of seals to death and sell the animals' pelts on the international fur market.
Sealers routinely hook these fuzzy creatures in the eyes, cheeks, or mouth to avoid damaging their fur and then drag the animals across the ice.
The seal-hunters crush baby seals' skulls in with their clubs before they skin them. The Stooges' front man has joined forces with PETA to denounce the seal slaughter by starring in a public service announcement and spreading the word that "Canada's club scene sucks."
As fully as I agree with the call to end baby seal slaughtering, as much as I genuinely admire Iggy Pop, as much as I am a lifelong supporter and enjoyer of pet animals and wildlife, and as an animal welfare activist I would like to distance myself from any implied association with Peta.
Animal welfare activists believe in humans being kind to animals, and work diligently for education towards the proper care of animals of one's own or in the wild.
Domestication to animal welfare activists is a partnership accomplished with love and training (perhaps as with most children?) Both should enjoy one another's company, and appreciated one another's species differences. Symbiosis is the aim.
I fervently believe in animal welfare, and have put my money where my mouth is all my adult life. Peta is an animal rights organization with a very different agenda than what I've described. Google both terms and you'll see the difference.
(It's totally okay to use my photo, but maybe you could put this disclaimer addenda small underneath your copy?)
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