Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Canadian Government and Baby Seal Killers: Corrupt Partners in Crime

You’ll see in this article below that it’s clear that the government is actually taking the side of the slaughterers and performing false arrests. This is all with the motivation of using fear to prevent people from witnessing the horrors. So, they know just how bad what their doing is and are trying to prevent the world from seeing it.


Seal hunt protesters dispute official account of arrest on Gulf ice floes


CHRIS MORRISMon Mar 27, 2:58 PM ET

CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) - Animal rights activists say their rights are being abused by Canadian police and federal officials trying to protect the much-maligned East Coast seal hunt.

Rebecca Aldworth of the Humane Society of the United States, said Monday she has been told she cannot return to the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence while an investigation is underway into possible violations of hunt regulations.

Aldworth, along with six other hunt protesters and a freelance cameraman working for Reuters Television, were arrested Sunday - the second day of the annual hunt - for coming too close to a sealing boat.

They were later released, but video footage shot by the Humane Society was seized and the group doesn't know when it will be returned.

"I'm a Canadian and I'm humiliated in the presence of these international observers that our government would choose to sink to these levels to ensure that the seal hunt can continue in secrecy," said Aldworth, a native of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Aldworth insisted she did not come too close to a sealing operation.

She said a sealing boat manoeuvred close to the observers' small boat, forcing them within the 10-metre buffer zone.

The sealing boat was carrying RCMP and Fisheries officers.

Reporters covering the hunt from the ice floes confirmed that several sealing boats charged observer vessels.

On Saturday, seal guts were hurled into a boat carrying mostly journalists.

On Sunday, a sealing boat rammed one of the protesters' inflatable Zodiacs, damaging a propeller.

Roger Simon of the federal Fisheries Department, said no charges have been laid.

He said an investigation is underway, but it will take several weeks or months to reach a conclusion.

"The decision to charge or not to charge is a long process," Simon said, adding that the seized video footage will be analyzed for evidence and will be held until the issue of charges is resolved.

He said Aldworth and other protesters still can apply for observer permits, which are renewed on a daily basis.

However, he said the investigation into the alleged violations would be a factor in deciding whether to renew her permits and those of the others.

This year's Gulf hunt got off to a slow start because of poor ice conditions and low numbers of seals.

The quota for this year's Gulf hunt is 91,000 seals. Another 234,000 can be taken in a second hunt that begins in April off Newfoundland and Labrador.

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