You can add Halifax’s The Heavy Blinkers (whose members happen to all be either vegetarian or vegan) to list of people from the Great White North speaking out against the disgusting seal hunt.
First off, I would like to apologize on behalf of all maritimers for the callous and mean-spirited reception that you received at the hands of the Juno audience and our politicians. I am a vegan and a staunch supporter of you and your work and it took moxy and a helluva lot of class for you to not throw your shoe at them. I hesitate to say that I am a local celebrity, but I am in a band called the heavy blinkers and I guess that I am high profile enough that I was asked to be on the nightly news to discuss the seal hunt and your comments at the Junos. I want you to know that I was stoic in my defence of you. I told the media that you were a hero and that you did not deserve to be vilified that way that you have. If more people had the courage and conviction that you possess, the world would not be in the sad state that it is in. I went on to speak on the topic of Morrissey blacklisting Canada from his tour dates and discussed all the myths, half-truths and lies that the seal hunting industry has been disseminating. 70% of Canadians appose the seal hunt and I don’t want you to be discouraged by my city’s thoughtlessness. You are having a profoundly positive impact on the movement and you will be recorded in the annals of history as a crusader of animal rights and equality. My wife was one of the organizers of the seal protest outside the red carpet and she echoes my feelings wholeheartedly. Even my father (meat eater, ex-hunter) called me to offer his support on the topic. If you knew my dad, you would know that you are an extremely effective activist. I applaud you.
If you haven’t already, go here and sign Pam Anderson’s petition against the seal hunt. Also, be sure to send The Heavy Blinkers some love at myspace.com/theheavyblinkers.
Our good friend Dan Piraro, the brilliant mind behind Bizarro, has a new book in stores nationwide. It’s a retrospective of his whole career, with cartoons, fine art, sketchbook stuff, a big autobiographical essay, lots of back stories and extra junk. It also has a big chapter on Dan’s animal rights views and the cartoons he has done about that subject. Check out Bizarro.com for more info! Also, Dan will be on the road with his comedy show to help promote the book for a bit. Go here and click “tickets and info” to see if he’s playing near you.
Links of the day:
Fur scum Star Jones gets a football to the face
Deer gets his revenge on hunter … awesome!