An image is going viral today and it's easy to see why.
The photo shows a kid from Kugluktuk, Nunavut holding a dead seal in one hand, and a bloody hockey stick in the other with the caption:
"A youth from Kugluqtuq Ryder Aviogana caught his seal with a hockey stick down on the shore near the community. His Uncle Liam Mulgrew says, " He makes me really proud to be his uncle!"
He took the picture."
The photo was posted in CBC Nunavut's Facebook Page and people immediately freaked out.
Someone in the comments asked: "How long until we see packs of kids running around with sticks beating Seals?"
Others were outraged and said this was "inhumane".
Many other commenters rushed out to defend the boy:
"No one goes out planning to inhumanely kill animals for food, if that was his only weapon nearby at THAT MOMENT, then that is his only weapon! It is food, sorry to those who do not understand that! If he left to go to grab a weapon that "southerners" approve of, he would've went back and it would be gone. Do you know how long and cold it would be to wait for another? That is a meal!"
Regardless of where you stand on this issue, I think we can all agree this comment was by far the best:
"So if a kid beats a small, slow moving, defenseless animal to death with a hockey stick it's considered a "successful hunt", but if I do it I'm "drunk" and "banned from the petting zoo" again."