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Thumbing their nose and mugging for the press, Members of Parliament sampled one of the nation's less-known culinary morsels in response to the ongoing European Union's [EU]ban on seal imports.
Joined by members of the media, the MPs enjoyed a helping of double-smoked bacon wrapped seal loin last Wednesday to the outrage and horror of animal rights activists everywhere.
Since the EU ban came into effect last year, politicians here have added seal to their pallet to show support for the Canadian industry. The act of eating seal came into political popularity in May after Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean sampled the delicacy raw while visiting an Inuit community. Since then more and more politicians are sampling the exotic fare while more and more animal rights activists are condemning the consumption.
In a press release issued last week, the Brussels-based International Fund for Animal Welfare [IFAW] called the act a media stunt and that, "the fact that the meat is only being consumed for political purposes, and that it needs to be wrapped in double smoked bacon to kill the taste, clearly demonstrates that it is not particularly palatable."
What the IFAW clearly doesn't understand is that anything wrapped in double-smoked bacon is awesome, including tofu, scallops and even regular bacon.
The contemporary household and average fast-food franchise is fixated on pork, beef and chicken as the primary sources of protein in North America but there are far more sources than just the 'big three' that could be on the table if the federal government showed some real support.
Eating should be a nutritious adventure, not some habitual act committed morning, noon and night and the feds need to stop waiting for the rest of the world to change its mind on the seal ban and address its attention to sharing at the supper table.
It's not enough to say seal tastes great. If the feds are going to stand behind the seal hunt then they need to back their actions and invest in developing new markets for its products right here in Canada and not just abroad.
Otherwise these shock and awe stunts are nothing more than government being tripe.

Organizations: European Union, IFAW, International Fund for Animal Welfare

Geographic location: North America, Canada

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