Beyond Earth Hour & The Seal Hunt

Board games by candlelight… shadowy city skylines….Images of Earth Hour flicker across the mainstream and alternative media. As debates continue about the practical and symbolic impact of the action, the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) suggests that we move “Beyond Earth Hour.” This perennial gathering promotes a long-term and everyday strategy to help decrease the effects of global warming. Mishka Alarcon explains why the TVA calls vegetarianism “green eating.”

Then, in our feature interview, Sheryl Fink, the Senior Research and Projects Specialist for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), shares her extensive expertise of Canada’s commercial seal hunt. Specifically, Fink illuminates the current political initiatives, including the proposed European ban on seal hunt products and Senator Mac Harb’s Bill S-229 (aka the “Harb Seal Bill”). She also delves into the scientific studies about the hunt, and explores some of the most controversial aspects of the slaughter. This interview offers an excellent primer on the major issues surrounding the hunt, and an exceptionally-researched perspective from someone who’s studied the issues since 1994.

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or download an mp3 of the interview.

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