Thursday, April 13, 2006

Residents in the Eastern Quebec in Canada Resort to Violence to Intimidate Those Against Canadian Baby Seal Slaughter

Violence to Animals Leads to Violence Against People.

Wow, I couldn’t have found a better example of the mentality of those who support and engage in killing baby seals via smashing them in the heads with picks.

Seems their brutality has now reached humans as they actually result to mob and gang violence to intimidate. This is very documented, as those who abuse animals tend to head to humans next. A pathology of violence.

And, they also targeted journalists! Definitely sick people. Default to violence to force their point.

Shows how uncivilized and brutal these people are. And, how brave those who are there to document the brutality of Canadians are.



Seal hunt supporters in Quebec and Labrador confront hunt protesters

1 hour, 22 minutes ago

BLANC-SABLON, Que. (CP) - Supporters of Canada's East Coast seal hunt made life miserable, and potentially dangerous, for animal rights activists who insisted Thursday they were only trying to document the start of the annual slaughter off the coast of southern Labrador.

Residents in the eastern Quebec town of Blanc-Sablon, near the Labrador border, surrounded a small hotel when they learned that journalists and members of the Humane Society of the United States were staying there.

Rebecca Aldworth, a society spokeswoman staying at the hotel, said the situation was tense.

"We're now surrounded by an angry mob," she said in an interview. "The people outside are intent on preventing us from leaving and our helicopters from leaving."

Earlier in the day, local residents apparently rammed a van carrying European journalists to the airport where they were scheduled to board a helicopter to photograph the hunt, Aldworth said.

"Thankfully, no one was hurt," she said. "They were able to get the van back on the road and returned to the hotel."

Seal hunter Marius Lavalee confirmed there was an ugly confrontation when a local man tried to block a van.

"We wanted to try and stop them," he said. "Then it got violent. They tried to run one guy over."

Lavalee said the man then jumped on the hood of the van.

"They wouldn't stop with him," he said. "They took him about a kilometre or so. He got off after a while."

Aldworth said police later arrived at the hotel and she was hoping they would provide an escort to the airport.

"At that point, we will force our way through the crowd into the airport, lock the door and we'll figure out what we'll do then."

She said this was the second day her group has faced angry crowds.

On Wednesday, a group of Labradorians surrounded a helicopter leased by the animal rights group in the coastal town of Cartwright, N.L., and prevented it from leaving.

"They sat on the floats of our helicopters," Aldworth said. "We couldn't leave because if we started up the helicopter, the blades could have hurt somebody."

Police moved in and persuaded 50 local residents to let the aircraft leave.

The seal hunt in Newfoundland and Labrador opened Wednesday over a vast area north of the island known as the Front.

Federal Fisheries Department officials say about 250 large boats were involved in the hunt, most of them working the ice floes off Cartwright in Labrador.

Another 350 small boats were out as well, most of those further south.

Sealers from Newfoundland and Labrador are permitted to slaughter a total of 230,000 seals in this year's hunt on the Front.

Another 91,000 seals already have been killed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence hunt, which finished last week.

Rosetta Holwell, the mayor of Cartwright, said she didn't accept the group's claim it was there to film a documentary about climate change.

"They're doing this on the day the seal fishery is opened and they've come to Cartwright and, as everyone knows, there are a great many of our boats from the whole province that are situated a few miles from the Front engaging in the seal harvest," she said.

Regina Flores of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which is also documenting the hunt, said Thursday her group is not having the same difficulties as the Humane Society of the United States.

Flores said the IFAW is operating out of Goose Bay, Labrador, and has been able to document the first two days of the annual hunt.

Protest groups have said they will monitor the slaughter by flying overhead in helicopters.

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