Darn. You Can't Club Seals On Your iPhone


Matt Smythe with his rejected iPhone app Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

When a Newfoundlander says "lets go clubbing" they are not talking about hitting the bars. They are instead pursuing a tradition that dates back commercially to the 1700s, protecting our fisheries by removing an excess population that is dining on cod and in desperate need of culling.

St. John's Newfoundland software engineer Matt Smyth wanted to bring the excitement and thrill of the seal hunt to everyone, so he developed "iSealClub", an iPhone app where one chases and clubs seals just like a real Newfoundlander. Apple has rejected it, noting that it contains "content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable."

Smyth says in the St John's Telegraph says that this is unfair, because the hunt is socially acceptable in this Province and sanctioned by the federal government.

They allow other apps, like 'Trophy Hunt' for bear and deer and whatnot. I don't see the difference between killing a seal ... and killing a deer. But Apple decides to impose their morals, that they don't agree with the hunt.

For shame Apple, trying to apply your moral standards to a great Canadian tradition. After all, Smythe kept it clean. He tells TechCrunch:

I tried to keep the game light hearted as possible with no blood, or clubbing baby seals. Well... you can try and club the baby seals, but you lose points and they just take off really fast.

seals photo

Because everyone knows they don't club baby seals any more, they wait until they are a mature three weeks old with brown coats, not nearly as cute. That makes it OK.

Now if they would only put an accelerometer into our good old Canadian Blackberries, we we could then all play with it there.

More on the Great Canadian Tradition, as the government rallies around and turns in their iPhones:
Canada's Governor General Eats Heart of Slaughtered Seal to Support Annual Hunt
Seal Is On The Menu in Canada's Parliamentary Restaurant

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