ANIMAL RIGHTS activists are losing their battle against the Inuit community.
Last month, Nunavut students proudly gathered for a pro-sealing rally in Ottawa, Canada.
The youth demonstrated their knowledge of the sealing industry to a few dozen spectators in front of the Parliament.
A diverse audience consisting of both Inuit and non-Inuit had a chance to enjoy the event topped off with a seal fashion show, where students demonstrated their self-made sealskin coats.
One of the students Jamie Takkiruq said: “Inuit have relied on sealing for thousands of years. The hunters go out on the land in search for food. They travelled by dog sled to provide for their family.”
“Harvested by hunters, crafted by skilled seamstresses, the tradition continues to be an important part of our lives.”
As a part of the event students also performed throat songs and seal dances.
The throat song was meant to explain the history and meaning behind a Canadian seal hunt.
“The hunter stands beside a seal hole, waiting.”
“He is still. He places a feather upon the water within the hole, to keep watch of the movement. It’s minus 50 degrees Celsius. Finally, a seal is caught! The hunter gives the seal one last drink of water to help its spirit move on to the after life, said one of the students.
Paige Runolfson, a passer-by, said that anti- fur protesters fail to understand that “fighting the traditional and sustainable seal hunt is in itself fighting for colonialism.”
She said: “We don’t think twice about going into McDonald’s to get a burger but those people have to think twice about, you know, killing a seal so they can eat.”
“People always tell people how to be and how to act and it’s like, no, that’s their heritage, it is their way of life. It’s like taking your cow away and saying no more McDonalds, no more A&W’s, no more all these places.”
“They [AR activists] believe that their anti-fur social movements are more important than indigenous cultural survival.
“They believe that Inuit need to give up this part of their culture and turn their backs to the time honoured tradition and history of their ancestors.”
“Whether they know it or not, they are asking that Inuit abandon who they are as a people and conform to the western idealisms that are once again being forced upon them. And that itself is a force of colonial violence.”