On clubbing seals
After reading the March 21 letter from Steven L. Rebuck, (“Seal overpopulation,”) I wonder if Steven has actually seen what goes on during one of these seal hunts. If he looked into it, he would know the appalling nature of what this hunt is about.
How would you like it, Steven, if your neighbor killed your dog or cats, skinned them and left behind the mess for you to find? All that knowing that society can do very well without the by-products of such an act.
Your letter really shows your uncaring disrespect for what God gave to mankind to care for in the Animal Kingdom. Unbelievable that someone would be so callous.
San Luis Obispo
Fishing and seals
I have read Steven Rebuck’s letters in The Tribune for many years — now as he blames the seals for the dwindling fish resources in our oceans, (“Seal overpopulation,” March 21) and now he is even advocating clubbing newborn seals to death on our beaches. Granted though, he only wants to harvest the “excess” seals so that they don't get sick and diseased.
Why does the fishing industry refuse to take any responsibility for the state of our fisheries? Large, modern fishing fleets towing miles of nets and thousands of hooks on long-lines, often subsidized by their respective federal governments, have decimated many populations of ocean fish, not to mention the “bycatch,” the marine mammals and sea turtles that are also caught and discarded.
In the first half of the last century, many millions of pounds of Pismo clams were harvested, often by plowing them from the sand. There are pictures of mountains of clam shells from that period. I dare say that level of harvesting would make any otter envious.
I suspect that the fishing industry is similar to the timber industry, and would happily take the very last fish (or old-growth redwood) out of the ecosystem.
Blame it on otters
A recent letter to the editor by Steven Rebuck, (“Seal overpopulation,” March 21) spoke of the slaughter of seals in Canada as a good thing to do.
It seems that those who take from natural resources always have an excuse for their overharvest. The efficiencies of a modern fishing fleet take far more fish than all seals could possibly eat. Its the same with Pismo clams and abalone overharvest— “We didn’t do it. The sea otters ate them all!”
Locally, the Department of Fish and Game closed areas that had been overfished to allow the remaining population to expand. The fishermen called “foul,” yet the closure is for their own good as it will help sustain a constant fishery.
Robert R. Lyon