Margaret Wente states that “killing seals is no more inhumane than killing pigs or cows or any other animal we eat.”
This isn’t a point in favour of the seal hunt; rather, it should be an indication of just how much we need to improve the welfare of animals that are used for the benefit of humans. We have a moral obligation to reduce the suffering of conscious creatures, whether they are on ice floes or inside factory farms. We should be trying to raise the bar, not lower it.
Note: This appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Globe & Mail.