PETA Goes With Blood, Not Sex, To Dramatize Seal Hunt Protest Downtown
|Undaunted by the mighty Canadian consulate downtown, the PETA protesters stand their ground.|
Really, imagine our excitement to learn Dallas had a Canadian consulate at all.
A dozen protesters turned up on the corner of St. Paul Street and Ross Avenue at noon, with signs, pamphlets, and the coup de grace: a small pile of stuffed baby seals, splattered with fake blood. Every now and then one of the protesters posed with a spiked club pointed down at one of the seals' heads or (as some were already headless) their necks.
With the 2010 Winter Olympics headed to Vancouver, PETA sees this as a time when Canada is especially open to outside pressure.
"There are seal hunts elsewhere, but Canada has the most prominent one. The government is sanctioning it in a way that's just unheard of," said Jena Hunt, the West Coast-based PETA campaign manager who rallied local support for the Dallas protest.
|So, seal hunting looks a little like this.|
"We wanted to emphasize that the seals are babies," Hunt told Unfair Park, when asked why the seals were so small. She said other protests have used human dressed as seals -- they even beat apart a papier mache seal piñata in Washington.
Hunt made good points in laying out PETA's long-running stand against the hunt, but scribbling onto my sweat-dripped notepad, it was tough not to feel at once a little jealous of the sub-zero, ice floe life these critters enjoy, right up until they take a spiked blow to the head.
|PETA's seal hunt campaign manager, Jena Hunt|