(Photo from NFB film: My Ancestors Were Rogues & Murderers)
April 18, 2007
Meat on hooks instead of - oh, right, meat on hooks.
It's that time of year again when swilers are out making a living from the sea. Helping to sustain their families and communities. Rather them than me on those ice pans. Bloody hard work. And then I receive on ENN (I subscribe to its daily news listings) an ad by IFAW against the barbaric seal hunt. I'm embarrassed to see such condemnation of a lifestyle when MacDonalds, KFC and just everyday miles upon miles of meat - pork, beef, chicken, you name it - is commonplace in our lives without thought of how it came to be, the industries and corporations that churn it out without thought of life but profits.
Tonight I finally saw Anne Troake's film My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers. A few years ago I met her cousin, fisherman & sealer Jack Troake who had recently lost his son Gary to the sea (in part because of foolish federal fishing regulations). I'm so glad to have finally met Gary through this film. If you haven't seen it, then try to. Here's a link to a teaser.http://www.nfb.ca/webextension/ancestors/
To order copy of this NFB film, go to: http://www.nfb.ca/trouverunfilm/fichefilm.php?id=51455&v=h&lg=en