The Organizations
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) - The group was founded in 1969 when Brian Davis saw a seal hunt special on CBC. What probably began as a noble cause has slowly turned into a money hungry operation which buys credibility instead of earning it. On their web page they spout great ideals like working to find a balance between humans and animals and how they realize it will be a relationship built on cooperation, blah, blah, blah. All sounds good but when put to the test the IFAW falls flat.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) - Coleman Burke, then president of the American Bible Society, Cleveland Amory and Helen Jones, founded HSUS in 1954. Mr. Burke served as their President until 1970 when John Hoyt, a Presbyterian minister, took over as President and CEO until 1996. Hoyt was paid around $200,000 a year in the late 1980's for running the organization.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) - To understand this organization you have to read about Paul Watson who founded it and acts in the capacity of El Presidente. The organization was conceived in 1978 when Watson was ousted from Greenpeace for basically being a nut bar. They did not see eye-to-eye when it came to the tactics the group should be using. Watson arguing for a greater degree of extremism.

The Individuals
Paul Watson - born in Toronto, Canada in 1950 and grew up in New Brunswick. Apparently, he did not have the necessary abilities to become a captain when in the Canadian Coast Guard or when he served in the merchant marine. Now he parades about acting like supreme captain of the seas when, apparently, not a certified captain at all.

Rebecca Aldworth - Director of Canadian wildlife issues for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Thought to have been born in Montreal, Quebec, she has campaigned against the seal hunt in Canada for roughly 10 years. A hunt that provides 4000-12000 sealers with a total of roughly $16,500,000 a year.

Barbra Stewart - Thank you Barbra for bringing the prevailing tactic of the anti-sealing industry to the forefront of news coverage. The age old tactic of BS has been employed by people for as long as man has walked the earth. A tactic embraced by the anti-sealing industry to fill their pockets with the money of the unsuspecting and blindly sympathetic.

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