March 21, 2010
Barbi Twins want seal hunt banned
By THANE BURNETT, QMI Agency
TORONTO -- Choose seal skin, then lose the Barbi Twins.
That’s the message to Canada from the once iconic pin-up sisters. The Barbi Twins — model sensations who made it big in the 1990s after it was found Prince William had a crush on the buxom siblings — are now boycotting Canada over the annual seal cull.
The duo, whose scantily clad pictorials and posters were once so popular they were found in a palace in Iraq, have added their moniker to a celebrity backlash against the seal hunt that’s included Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson, Martin Sheen and Brigitte Bardot.
But their outrage has held little weight with the federal government, which on Monday announced an increase in the quota for this year’s East Coast hunt.
Despite poor ice conditions that may stop some hunters from venturing out, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said in a statement the population of harp seals is an estimated 6.9 million — more than triple what it was in the ‘70s.
This year’s quota for harp, grey and hooded seals is 388,200 — an increase of 50,000 over last year’s maximum.
Those hunt numbers don’t sit well will those opposed to the cull, including celebrities like the Barbi Twins.
The main art for their Facebook group "Save a Seal, Join Club Barbi," features one sister clubbing the other with a traditional hakapik sealing club.
Some Newfoundlanders may welcome that bizarre image after hearing the sister’s damnation of the 4,000 year old hunt.
Shane Barbi-Wahl was planning to move to Burlington, Ont., along with her husband Ken Wahl — a late 80’s heart-throb who’s best known for his TV drama, Wiseguy.
“Ken talked me into moving there,” Shane tells QMI Agency from her California home.
“This year for my birthday, he was planning a cross country train ride, to search for places to live.
“However, in light of this boycott, and protest to stop (the) seal slaughter, we are forced to stay and wait here, until the seal hunt has ended permanently.”
Her mirror-image sister, Sia, has met and fallen for an anti-seal hunt crusader in Toronto, but vows not to travel north until the federal government bans the cull.
The vegan sisters say there’s still some time left on their allotted seven and a half minutes of fame each, to take a stand.
And they — along with Ken Wahl — aren’t swayed by the arguments that the hunt is a traditional and sound culling practice, and that there’s little difference in what takes place on the ice and what happens in farm slaughterhouses.
“We do think it’s an oxymoron to say there is such a thing as kind killing,” says Shane, adding: “We’re just two bimbos coming up with a better alternative — eco tourism — that’s worked around the world.”
Sia believes most Canadians are ashamed of the hunt.
“They are beyond embarrassed — they’re horrified,” adds Ken of his Canadian friends.
“We’re not attacking the people of Newfoundland — we want to be part of the country,” says Shane. “But the people around the world hate you guys for killing defenceless babies.”
So until it’s banned, Ken and the Barbi Twins won’t be coming over to our house to play.