In my opinion:
Do animals have minds? Yes, just not as complex as humans.
Is animal cruelty bad? Yes, but so is any cruelty.
Do animals have souls? No.
Is animal farming bad? No, food is required. However, farmers usually use the least torturing method to do so without causeing the meat to be unhealthy for consumption.
Is seal hunting bad? No! The seal population is controlled because the seals have no major predators other then humans... and they eat a lot of fish. Either the seals get controlled or the fish go and then the seals will all go too.
Don't they kill the baby seals? No! The hunt is done during the time of year when there are no 'white fur' baby seals. The pictures of bashed in white baby seals are actually killed outside of the hunt. A few animal rights activists were caught bashing in a baby seal so they could take a picture of it and use it to campaign against the seal hunt. Now, not to say all the pictures are produced this way, but at least a couple were. (Note: only fanatical people would go so far as to kill the animals to prove that others are cruel.)
Sorry, I got a little off topic, but it is related.