"It doesn't matter what is true; it only matters what people believe is true"
Paul Watson, 1993
For the last 30 years animal rights groups have been using the anti-sealing industry as a cash cow. If you wish to refute this then do the research yourself but you will find the same thing I have, the fastest growing sector of the sealing industry is and has been the protest sector. Greenpeace basically went from rags to riches due to the amount of money they earned through fighting the seal hunt. Money that totals to more than contributions for any other campaign. The International Federation for Animal Welfare(IFAW) went from nothing to presently bringing in close to $100 million a year, all on the back of the seal hunt. Groups like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society(SSCS) and the Humane Society of the United States(HSUS) look to the seal hunt to jam their coffers year after year. In 2004, then president and CEO of the HSUS, Paul Erwin was paid $510,680 which was up from his salary of the previous year, $315,898. Nice raise. In 2004, the CEO of the IFAW, Fred O'Regan was paid $250,218. In 2001, Paul Watson, President and CEO of SSCS was paid $40,000. This is modest in comparison to the others but lets keep it in perspective, SSCS is but a pimple to the festering boil of the others and Watson had once said,

"I will never accept a single dollar for myself from charitable donations."
I know, these are old figures and I can only imagine what they are paying themselves now seeing that all three organizations, with emphasis on the IFAW and HSUS, have been growing in leaps and bounds every year. To think, in large part, they owe it all to the seal hunt, do they really want it to end? It is no wonder they put so much emphasis on the harp seal which is not and never has been close to being endangered when there are presently six other species of seal which hover on the brink of extinction. For a list of endangered marine mammals, click here. Here is another quote from Paul Watson from a CBC interview in 1978 and even though the quote is old it still rings true today. Keep in mind that at this time the seal population for the Northwest Atlantic herd was just under two million and now is almost 6 million,
Interviewer: You suggesting that they fight for seals rather than other animals because it's easy, or easier to raise money that way, or because it's a profit maker for them?
"They" being in reference to the groups involved in the anti-sealing industry of the day which were the Greenpeace Foundation, IFAW, Fund for Animals and Animal Protection Institute.
Watson: Well it's definitely because it's easier to make money and because it's easier to make a profit because there are over a thousand animals on the endangered species list, and the harp seal isn't one of them.
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