Bates' letter made me act

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With reference to the letter to the editor ‘Where is the outrage?' (The Guardian, Feb. 14, 2013) from Antonia Bates of Peterborough, Ont., I felt compelled to write.

I have always been an avid reader of The Guardian and have mentioned in my letters to the editor that we must think about who is listening and/or reading.

Today hundreds of thousands of people have access to The Guardian. Kudos to The Guardian for that. Going back to my letter of Aug. 15, 2012, I reprimanded Kelly Ripa for referring to our Island as a "wilderness." I still wonder just how many millions heard and read that comment. Sadly, with reference to Ms. Bates' letter, the actions of those who bludgeoned these baby seals may have readers believing we are a wilderness. I ask that Ms. Bates not judge our entire Island by the actions of a few individuals, or by the inaction of others to show outrage with a flood of letters.

We are a progressive Island and do often take action in protest. But, at the same time, we are a unique lot of people and winter tends to have many of us hibernating ... looking for comfort foods, reading a happy story or just hoping for a sunny day. I felt repulsed by the death of the baby seals as I read, listened to and watched the story play out in the media. It took Ms. Bates' letter to spurn me into action. We Islanders were not the only people to lack a show of outrage. I neither heard nor saw anything in reference to the story nationally. Usually with these kinds of incidents a national story is done and Greenpeace or other organizations like them get involved. I'm betting many Islanders are and were outraged, but as trivial as it may sound, winter wears on us and we crave a warm sunny, summer day. I thank Ms. Bates for writing and ask that she give our Island and its people benefit of doubt.

Kathy Birt,


Organizations: Greenpeace

Geographic location: Iceland, Peterborough, Charlottetown

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