What the phoque?

One of the minor inconveniences of the location of my office is that it’s near an area popular with protesters. Almost every week there’s some kind of demonstration, whether it’s French fishermen (no, I didn’t see any fisherwomen) Belgian farmers, Polish dock workers, or seal-lovers.

Yes, seal-lovers. No, this isn’t the surprisingly powerful pan-European pro-bestiality lobby group, but a collection of various animal rights activists concerned about the massacre of seals (phoques, in French) for their pelts. So what do they do to raise awareness of the bloodshed? Grown men and women dress up as seals, stand next to a thirty-foot long inflatable seal, and sing songs.

It garnered a lot more attention and support than any of the recent demonstrations about petrol prices or job losses, which just goes to show where people’s sympathies lie, I guess.

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5 thoughts on “What the phoque?

  1. rasman1978 July 2, 2008 / 12:09 pm

    I guess you’d call that a seal of disapproval.

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  2. simonlitton July 2, 2008 / 12:57 pm

    I’d groan, but I don’t want to encourage you.

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  3. jane July 2, 2008 / 4:02 pm

    He thrives with or without approval. We are powerless.

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  4. Peter July 3, 2008 / 4:12 pm

    I’m afraid it’s the classic story Simon: people just “melt” when cute looking animals are involved.

    I had a great time during a recent “march” in Brussels too, but we were only spreading pure joy 🙂

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  5. Sharon September 1, 2008 / 2:01 pm

    I remembered this post from a while back and (on a whim here) thought that maybe, just maybe, given your office location you might have an idea of where my NGO could find a meeting room in that area for a midday lecture? Any ideas?

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