In the name of tourism, Norway's Government is offering killing baby seals as a "sport" to tourists! What a way to celebrate our race's infinite stupidity! See the revolting images at http://www.savefile.com/files/9870574 . Goes to show the basic instinct of men. If its a liability to kill them, please don't make them a product! There are already enough things to sell on the earth if you know how to sell(and innovation is going on constantly)..........don't trade life in the name of ecological balance and trying to masquerade your incompetence.....no one gives that right to you!
Norway's new government has outraged animal rights campaigners by proposing that the already controversial practice of seal hunting should be turned into an "exclusive" tourist attraction.
In an interview with the newspaper Fiskaren, the fisheries minister Svein Ludvigsen, who took office last month when a Labour-led coalition stepped down in favour of a centre-right government, said the plan could help wipe out hundreds of the coastal seals which play havoc with fishermen's nets.
"Seal hunting on the wild Norwegian coast should be sold as an exclusive product to tourists," he said.
"This could be a big hit. We cannot just blindly follow the views of [French actress and animal rights campaigner] Brigitte Bardot. "We have to take out more animals."
His comments angered the Norwegian branch of the international conservation group WWF which, while it supports sustainable hunting, believes that it is wrong for people to hunt seals for pleasure.
"In Norway we have left safari hunting - placing a bullet in a living target and running off - well alone," its senior Norwegian official, Rasmus Hansson, said yesterday.
"This would actually just be a question of seal hunting for target practice, and that's not something we should go for. This is not ethical."
It is not clear in what way tourists would be allowed to kill the seals under Mr Ludvigsen's plan.
Photographs of baby seals in the Arctic being clubbed over the head with an ice pick have caused international revulsion, although hunters argue that this is the most humane way of killing them.
Norwegian fishermen are allowed to kill 1,200 coastal seals annually to protect fish stocks.
But their interest in culling seals is actually quite low and they destroy only about half of that quota, and it is this shortfall that has prompted the government to consider turning to tourists.
Mr Ludvigsen believes that issuing tourists with licences to wipe out seals is no different from giving them permission to hunt moose.
"Sea mammals are a bigger consumer of fish than we humans," he said.
But according to Mr Hansson, who has debated the issue live on television with the minister, claims that seals are a pest are unsubstantiated.
"The alleged problems surrounding seals are exaggerated and have partly been proved wrong," he said.
"The extent to which they transfer parasites to cod for example has not been proved, and there are other problems of which they are accused that are unfounded."