CHARLOTTETOWN – Now that there is confirmation that a colony of seals was bludgeoned to death near Beach Point a couple of days ago, the Green Party is calling for a rigorous investigation and laying of charges.
“This is a senseless and hideous act and it shocks me,” said Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of the Island Green Party. “It is time that we started to share this island and planet with the rest of nature, and to do it with more maturity and kindness.
"I’m quite certain that the vast majority of Islanders join me in condemning this sort of appalling and unacceptable behaviour”
Bevan-Baker said there is a view among a certain small group of people that the recent catastrophic decline in many fisheries can be attributed to a rising seal population. Culling of the seal population – whether as part of a government sanctioned quota or by this act of brazen slaughter – they feel, will help fish stocks to rebound.
“The biggest predator of the seas is us. We have decimated the oceans, and we are the ones changing the climate and consequently sea temperatures, which is having a devastating impact on inshore and offshore fish stocks,” continued Bevan-Baker. “It is estimated that there will be virtually no commercial fisheries left anywhere in the world by the middle of this century. That’s got nothing to do with seals or any other marine predator, and everything to do with our greedy and short-sighted behaviour.”
The Green Party calls for a full investigation into this criminal act, and that every effort be made to find those responsible, and to lay charges.