Are the "greenies" right, or simply too sentimental for their own (and the world's) good?!?

I received this e-mail the other day: "Boycott Namibia and all products from Namibia NOW! The killing of baby Cape fur seals started on the 1st of July, and unless we hurt the government where it hurts most 80,000 baby seals will be slaughtered..."
Now, this simply begs for comments!
If the seals were left to breed prolifically, they'd soon overrun the coastline, eat up all the fish (palagian, like pilchards and sardines), and soon even mankind wouldn't have fish to eat anymore! If folks are so concernede bout baby seals, what about day old male chicks which are killed off because chicken farmers prefer female chicks which grow fat quicker and produce eggs too (even without the benefit of male chickens!); what about young beef calves slaughtered to satisfy the tastebuds of veal (calves meat) lovers; what about little furry bunny rabits being bred in battery systems (small cages about cubic 15") for 8 weeks until they weight a couple of pounds, for food - all for food?! What say YOU?

Answer:
Nature has always been and always will be "Red in tooth and claw".
We have to decide whether we are part of the natural world, or do we think we have been elevated to god status.

Unfortunately for the Greenies, Nature makes it's own decisions, without reference to mankinds foibles.
If the greenies get all the power, like the righties had under Bush,wer'e in for a rough road.Checks and balances have always been the ideal of our forefathers.
Actually, top predtors, such as the seals, are beneficial to eco systems. They do not make fish species become extinct. They have co-existed with them for millions of years. They reach a balance. The one who causes extinctions in this is mankind.

"what about young beef calves slaughtered to satisfy the tastebuds of veal (calves meat) lovers; what about little furry bunny rabits being bred in battery systems (small cages about cubic 15") for 8 weeks until they weight a couple of pounds, for food - all for food?! What say YOU?"
It seems you are a sentimental environmentalsit as well, in some cases.
Are you a marine biologist? Your assessment about the proliferation of seals sounds like the same kind of emotional response you are rallying against.

True, the "greenies" can be too sentimental, but since they seem to have done more research on the topic than you have and they are working to advocate a cause they believe in, I have to think that they are doing the world a favor in putting the issue out there for us to think about.

What say I? I'm a vegetarian who has nothing against animals raised for slaughter under humane conditions, who thinks fish farms have a place in the world, who knows that human-related overharvesting of hundreds of fish species has had far greater ramifications for current and future generations of marine species and humans than the seals ever could.

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