Originally Posted by Obi
3. If you are NOT vegetarian/vegan and consider this practice to be horrible . . . why? Or, to put it differently, there are more white-tailed deer killed in the United States in a year than seals in these seal hunts . . . . do people object just as strongly to that hunting? As Februa pointed out, deer hunting is generally less "justifiable" than the seal hunts because it is primarily for sport, with the use of the meat being a side benefit, not economic subsistence. So again, why the objection? Is it concern that the long-term viability of the species will be harmed? Concern that the method of killing is inhumane? Based on the quick research I did, it seems that the population is stable and that there is a pretty conservative management program in place to curtail the hunting if the population declines. It also seems that the practices have been monitored by objective panels of veterinarians who have determined that the killing methods are as humane as those found in slaughterhouses (which, for vegetarians, isn't saying much, but this portion is directed to those who eat cow or chicken, but are objecting to killing the seals). Anyway, I'd honestly like to hear non-vegetarians/vegans explain why they object to the practice. Just to state it, I don't have a solid opinion yet on the issue.