THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN WANT YOU TO STOP CLUBBING BABY SEALS
Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier is no longer the only prominent metal musician who advocates taking to the seas to help protect our underwater animal friends. The lads in Dillinger Escape Plan got all cuddly with their Angels for Animals campaign in 2008 and now they’ve joined up with PETA2 once again, this time to protest the clubbing of baby seals in Canada.
Yes, clubbing baby seals is not only a euphamism for praying on someone who’s helpless but also apparently a thriving industry in Canada, where last year alone the government allowed 75,000 baby seals to be clubbed to death by seal hunters. The below video is pretty gruesome, and it makes me wonder what excuse the Canadian government could possibly come up with to defend this arcane practice, the spoils of which have been banned in the U.S. and U.K.; “it’s an important part of the economy”? “it’s a long-standing tradition”? “baby seals are evil and deserve to die”? I haven’t the foggiest.
Though you’d be right to question what this has got to do with metal, it doesn’t really matter; Dillinger Escape Plan are trying to spread the word and they’re using their fame and place in the metal scene to do so. I’m all for that. Read more about how you can get involved here.