According to a story quoted in the British
magazine Private Eye
, 30/11/2001, from the Norwegian
, the Norwegian government
is considering promoting seal clubbing
as a tourist
attraction. With 1200 baby seal
s to be killed each year, but a shortage of volunteers, this seemed to the Norwegian Fisheries Minister Svein Ludvigsen
to be an ideal change of pace for the hunter
s who already pursue moose
through the Norwegian countryside.
Inevitably, this provoked an angry response from environmentalists, who do not believe that seals cause significant damage to the fish populations in the North Sea. One green campaigner is quoted as saying, "What next? Will they advertise it as a Club eighteen-to-thirty holiday?"
Reference (missing the final quote, which is in Private Eye) http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article.jhtml?articleID=224173