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44. Re: "The Tyranny of the Cute"
1. Tyranny is absolute power especially when used unjustly or cruelly. So how exactly do the dead baby seals "tyrannize" their human killers? It makes no sense.

2. If the expression is meant to imply that humans only rally to "cute" animals who are being slaughtered for money, there may be some truth in that, but it discounts those who follow the teachings and philosophies of people like Da Vinci, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Pythagoras, Plutarch, Shaw and Buddha. Buddha said it best in his First Noble Precept:

I will be mindful and reverential with all life,
I will not be violent nor will I kill. Avoid killing or harming any living being.
I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures.
I shall endeavor to protect and take care of all living creatures.
Do not do harm to other beings.

To alleviate the suffering of sentient beings is a calling from which some do not deviate, regardless of the person's or animal's appearance.
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  -Largest Seal Cull In Half a Century Reaches Bloody Climax chlamor  Mar-28-05 07:40 PM   #0 
  - This is so upsetting.  baba   Mar-28-05 07:44 PM   #1 
  - Kick.  livinginphotographs   Mar-28-05 07:46 PM   #2 
  - perhaps  SemperEadem   Mar-29-05 03:17 PM   #59 
  - Our onlly hope is ourselves folks  bonito   Mar-28-05 07:50 PM   #3 
  - I'm Canadian... and I'm ashamed of my country for allowing this.  Hand   Mar-28-05 07:54 PM   #4 
  - Depletion of cod is mostly due to overfishing  alarimer   Mar-29-05 12:04 AM   #18 
  - I cry in shame as well. n/t  TrustingDog   Mar-29-05 12:16 AM   #19 
  - Just my personal belief, but I think they've all had enough, it is just  anarchy1999   Mar-29-05 08:42 AM   #31 
  - Different from your lamb or veal dinner....  Maple   Mar-28-05 07:55 PM   #5 
  - I'm Canadian, and it doesn't bother me in the least.  Minstrel Boy   Mar-28-05 08:00 PM   #6 
  - Thank you!  Maple   Mar-28-05 08:06 PM   #7 
  - one could argue  maxsolomon   Mar-29-05 11:03 AM   #42 
  - This is just slaughter and deplorable utilitarian killing  chlamor   Mar-28-05 08:07 PM   #8 
  - Read the article posted by Minstrel boy  Maple   Mar-28-05 08:10 PM   #9 
  - Read It-Don't support abbatoir'  chlamor   Mar-28-05 08:16 PM   #10 
  - And consider the source of Minstrel Boy's article.  livinginphotographs   Mar-28-05 08:42 PM   #13 
  - Absolutely correct! n/t  jasop   Mar-29-05 12:40 AM   #24 
  - Industrial slaughter is disgusting, too.  Kool Kitty   Mar-28-05 09:23 PM   #16 
     - Totally agree.  entanglement   Mar-30-05 12:22 AM   #74 
  - MSNBC has weighed in....  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 04:03 PM   #60 
  - The tabacco, alcohol and prescription industry also release these stats  jasop   Mar-29-05 12:39 AM   #23 
  - A seal population out of check means that the predators are the  bleedingheart   Mar-29-05 07:17 AM   #26 
  - I'm sure it does upset the eco system,  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 07:46 AM   #28 
  - And the polar bears  XemaSab   Mar-29-05 06:49 PM   #66 
  - It's a government website  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 07:34 AM   #27 
  - I've been involved in the same argument on another web board  GliderGuider   Mar-29-05 08:46 AM   #32 
  - With regard to The Canadian Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans...  AFSCME girl   Mar-29-05 02:10 PM   #53 
  - Are there too many seals?  htuttle   Mar-28-05 08:22 PM   #11 
  - OK with me. n/t  rolleitreks   Mar-28-05 08:22 PM   #12 
  - What is it with the Chinese and aphrodisiacs?  Nevernose   Mar-28-05 08:48 PM   #14 
  - Just to be clear, seals are not endangered.  Minstrel Boy   Mar-28-05 09:16 PM   #15 
  - Vegetarians are outright barbarians....!  Maple   Mar-28-05 11:49 PM   #17 
  - You, you, you... ( )  TrustingDog   Mar-29-05 12:18 AM   #20 
  - You, you, you....  livinginphotographs   Mar-29-05 07:13 AM   #25 
     - LOL you don't threaten anybody  Maple   Mar-29-05 11:23 AM   #43 
  - ugh! rub stick make fire! Lets smash them and use them in a trendy fad!  jasop   Mar-29-05 12:36 AM   #22 
  - I think you may be right, it is not the seals that are endangered, it is  anarchy1999   Mar-29-05 09:24 AM   #37 
  - Same question I had. Why are they in such desperate need?  anarchy1999   Mar-29-05 09:22 AM   #36 
  - Life is precious we must save the Shiavo corpse...  jasop   Mar-29-05 12:34 AM   #21 
  - IFAW - Government Subsidized Cruelty  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 07:53 AM   #29 
  - Sea Shepherd International Conservation Society - Seal FAQ's  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 08:15 AM   #30 
  - Actually both side lie equally in this case, imo  Spazito   Mar-29-05 08:49 AM   #33 
  - O Canada!  slackmaster   Mar-29-05 09:08 AM   #34 
  - Scapegoats of the Deep....  AFSCME girl   Mar-29-05 09:12 AM   #35 
  - The seal population has tripled since the 1970s, to five million, and  Minstrel Boy   Mar-29-05 09:37 AM   #38 
  - Re: "The Tyranny of the Cute"  SOS   Mar-29-05 12:02 PM   #44 
     - here's what I mean, by way of anecdote  Minstrel Boy   Mar-29-05 12:19 PM   #45 
        - My compassion is boundless.  flvegan   Mar-29-05 12:34 PM   #47 
        - I'm not a vegetarian. I wear leather.  Minstrel Boy   Mar-29-05 12:36 PM   #48 
        - Noone is saying that n/t  AFSCME girl   Mar-29-05 12:45 PM   #49 
        - I didn't say that, nor did I imply that. Don't project.  flvegan   Mar-29-05 12:45 PM   #50 
        - I'm sorry you feel that way.....  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 02:23 PM   #55 
        - Exactly, flvegan.  AFSCME girl   Mar-29-05 12:47 PM   #51 
        - We shouldn't let the perfect  XemaSab   Mar-29-05 06:59 PM   #67 
           - This isn't the Arctic, it's in the Gulf of St Lawrence and  Minstrel Boy   Mar-29-05 07:29 PM   #69 
  - Another Canadian horrified! Pls use your $$ to boycott  Mother Jones   Mar-29-05 10:28 AM   #39 
  - Greenpeace Press Release  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 10:52 AM   #40 
  - what is it w/ 'far east'  xxqqqzme   Mar-29-05 10:59 AM   #41 
  - more dick medicine  blindpig   Mar-29-05 12:30 PM   #46 
  - Well stated, thank you!  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 02:01 PM   #52 
  - Coast Guard Icebreaker Amundsen Attempts Ramming of the Farley Mowat  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 02:18 PM   #54 
  - Boy, oh boy, but I DO love Capt. Watson and Sea Shepherd.  flvegan   Mar-29-05 02:27 PM   #56 
     - Buy the shirt ! It supports their efforts not to mention  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 02:59 PM   #57 
  - Boycott Canadian Seafood  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 03:07 PM   #58 
  - Tuesday Night Kick for the Seal Babies :)  Catchawave   Mar-29-05 06:20 PM   #61 
  - Heartless motherfuckers.  MrSlayer   Mar-29-05 06:33 PM   #62 
  - nobody is!  Minstrel Boy   Mar-29-05 06:38 PM   #63 
     - Why does the story say it then?  MrSlayer   Mar-29-05 06:47 PM   #64 
     - Because the seal in your picture has a white coat.  Minstrel Boy   Mar-29-05 07:26 PM   #68 
        - How's this?  MrSlayer   Mar-29-05 07:35 PM   #70 
           - I'm not really up on my seal species, but  Minstrel Boy   Mar-29-05 07:39 PM   #71 
              - Those are harp seals.  MrSlayer   Mar-29-05 07:46 PM   #72 
              - Hunting in a sacred manner  chlamor   Mar-30-05 12:01 AM   #73 
     - That brown spot on the side of his face  Catchawave   Mar-30-05 09:16 AM   #75 
  - I told myself I wouldn't read this thread  DeposeTheBoyKing   Mar-29-05 06:48 PM   #65 

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