Topless protesters take on seal hunt

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Topless protesters take on seal hunt

Bare chested PETA protesters triggered honks from passing cars at Yonge-Dundas Square on Tuesday as they targeted the East Coast seal hunt.

“We just want people to know during tax season that the Canadian government is spending millions of dollars on the seal slaughter; it costs us more than it’s bringing in, and it’s time to end it once and for all,” said PETA campaigner Emily Lavender. “The only reason it’s continuing … is they want to win votes on the east coast of Canada.

Protesters cited a 2009 University of Guelph study which found that ending the seal hunt — which began April 9 — would save Canadian taxpayers $6.9 million annually.

“There’s no major market for seal products, 36 countries have banned it … Facts and figures alone aren’t enough to grab people’s attention. So this is a way to get people to stop and read the message,” Lavender insisted.

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Not to change the topic here:

The hunt Canada loves: Why seal clubbing will never die

Below, a quick guide to the one of the world’s most embattled hunts. What’s true, what’s a myth and why Canadians will never, ever stop doing this.

‘ but most seals harvested in Canada still come from Newfoundland and LabradorInuit correctly note that most of the world’s seal hunters are Inuk. But when it comes to sheer quantity of hunted seals, however, most of those are still coming out of Newfoundland and Labrador. Exact numbers are difficult to come by for the all-year Arctic hunt, but the Nunavut territorial government estimates that its hunters take 35,000 seals per year. In 2016, the Atlantic hunt took about 70,000 harp and grey seals, and as recently as 2006 that number has been as high as 355,000.

It used to be much worseHumane practices have improved markedly since global opposition first ramped up in the 1970s. Nets are no longer used to drown seals, hunters are barred from entering breeding areas and licensing processes have prevented the hunt from being flooded with inexperienced amateurs. These days, no Atlantic Coast sealer takes to the water without first attending mandatory workshops on humane practices. However, humane reforms have had little effect on the resolve of activists to ban commercial sealing outright. Proposals for a more regulated hunt were notably rejected with the European Union’s 2009 blanket ban on seal products.

Canadians aren’t wiping out the sealsAnother persistent myth is the notion that Canadians are somehow wiping seals off the planet. According to one leaflet from Humane Society International, Canada’s ‘seal slaughter’ is ‘not sustainable.’ But Canadian seals are doing absolutely fine. Harp seals form the majority of the Atlantic hunt, and in 2012, the Canadian government estimated there were 7.7 million of them on the Atlantic coast. Harp seal populations did hit historic lows in the mid-20th century, dropping as low as 1.5 million in 1978. But they’ve now rebounded so successfully that their populations are almost as large as they were when much of Canada was still New France. For context, in 2016 there were 3.38 million beef cows in Alberta. In Toronto, the total raccoon population has been estimated at about 100,000.

Seals aren’t wiping out the cod (probably)And now it’s time for a misconception from the pro-sealing camp. Harp seal populations have exploded since the 1992 cod moratorium, leading to a persistent notion that hungry seals are delaying the return of the cod fishery, and that sealing is a righteous cull of a competitor. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, meanwhile, has consistently pooh-poohed the idea, noting that harp seals don’t eat a lot of cod ‘ and that cod stocks have been rebounding in tandem with the harp seal recovery. ‘We often find that seals are blamed for a lot of things,’ DFO scientist John Brattey told CBC last month. However, there is a 2012 study from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography endorsing the notion that grey seals actually could be eating significant quantities of cod. Nevertheless, the animals form a very small proportion of the annual seal hunt, which remains mostly harp.

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Cosby retrial: Defense statements set for Day 2 after juror questions, topless protester delayed opening

“What does she want from Bill Cosby? Money, money and lots more money,” defense attorney Thomas Mesereau asked and answered in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday, also saying that Constand is “now a multimillionaire because she pulled it off.”

“He was foolish, he was ridiculous, lonely and attracted to a younger woman, but he didn’t commit a crime,” Mesereau said.

During his argument, Mesereau appeared to reference the #MeToo movement, telling the jurors he had faith that they would give Cosby a fair hearing despite the “current climate.”

“It is a ‘he said, she said,’ but what they are hoping for in the current climate is you will be blinded by accusations, and I believe you will give Bill Cosby a fair shake,” he said.

Following Mesereau’s opening argument, Dr. Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist, became the first person to take the witness stand. Accusers could also testify on Tuesday.

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