Published Apr 13, 2011Canada's seal hunt, to put it lightly, is a touchy subject. On one side, you have a long-running tradition of sealers doing their job as best and as humanely as they feel is possible. On the other hand, you have environmental and animal rights groups calling the cull cruel, promoting boycotts of the fur trade.
Even here at Exclaim!, we've heard different sides on the subject from anti-sealing band Animal Collective and the Seal and Sealing Network, which shared its views with us back in 2009. Whatever your opinion on the matter may be, a few more musicians have stepped out to say something for their cause.
Legendary proto-punk Iggy Pop and mainstream party popper Ke$ha have both attached themselves to a new PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaign that's attempting to stop Canada's seal hunt.
"Clubbing baby seals is sick and gives Canada a black eye. Don't let the greed of a few tarnish the image of the whole country," reads Pop's new PETA ad (see above). The advert shows the sullen rocker staring head on as a clubbing takes place in the background.
The pair are encouraging those against the hunt to pen a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to voice their beliefs.
You can read up on both sides of the issue over at the PETA and SSN sites.