October 28, 2018
Misguided Social Activism Among Generation-Z And Its Detrimental Effect On The Inuit Seal Hunt
“This all started back in the 80s, when ill-informed animal rights groups took it upon themselves to fight for the ban of the sale of whitecoat harp seal pup skins, which, again is illegal and the Inuit do not hunt. In 1983, they were successful, the European Union banned their sale, and as a result, caused the entire seal skin market to collapse. While Greenpeace and the International Fund for Animal Welfare rejoiced, incomes for Inuit seal hunters fell significantly, and in an already economically barren environment, stricken by residential schools and now a ban on their primary source of economic livelihood, suicide rates spiked.
Misguided social activism is prevalent among Generation-Z, and in the case of the seal hunt, this misguided activism has had a very detrimental impact on the Inuit communities of the North.
The Inuit people, who have occupied lands in North America for thousands of years, have sustained themselves along the Arctic circle by hunting and fishing. Seal, in particular, has served as an important resource for the Inuit peoples. “