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To the editor,

I find it disgusting that my tax dollars are being used to fund all-expenses-paid trips for international journalists in the hopes they will put a positive spin on this year's seal hunt. The international community knows the truth about the seal hunt and they are turning their backs on us, as is evident with the Canadian seafood and tourism boycotts and the bans on seal-product importations (in the US, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Netherlands and Mexico).

Every year, more Canadians oppose the commercial seal hunt and Atlantic Canadians are more vocal than ever. Seals should not be killed, whether they have white coats or grey coats. The hunt is cruel whether the seals are shot or clubbed—killing healthy animals is never humane.

The government should be spending money on licence buy-backs, retraining/retirement programs or eco-tourism on the Newfoundland ice floes. The government ought to stop subsidizing a hunt that stains the reputation of what is an otherwise great country.

Shame on the Canadian government for attempting to buy the opinions of international journalists. If the government really wants journalists to report truthfully on the seal hunt, they should send them out to the ice floes, where they would be able to witness the largest, bloodiest slaughter of marine mammals in the whole world.

By Jennifer Surrette

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