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Canadian Courts Rule that Profits Take Precedence Over the Rights of Citizens

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society lost our court challenge today against the Orwellian Canadian laws that disallow the witnessing or documentation of the killing of seals without a permit from the government.

Prince Edward Island attorney John Mitchell argued on behalf of Sea Shepherd that the rules were a violation of the Charter of Rights.

Prince Edward Island Judge Nancy Orr agreed that the freedom of expression of citizens were infringed upon. However, she said the sealers have right to earn a living without disruption.

In other words, the basic freedoms "guaranteed" by the Canadian Charter of Rights are secondary to the "rights" to profit from the killing of wild animals.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have decided that the "rights" of the sealers to make a profit also takes precedence over the rights of citizens to expect protection from the police from physical assault by other citizens.

Earlier this year, Sea Shepherd crew were violently assaulted on the ice floes by sealers. The crew were kicked, punched, and struck with sealing clubs. Cameras were broken and the crew were threatened.

Yet the Mounties decided that the presence of the Sea Shepherd crew on the ice provoked the assault and thus the violence on the part of the sealers was justified. They refused to press charges despite the fact that the entire assault was documented on three video cameras and none of the Sea Shepherd crew made any effort to defend themselves.
Over the year, the laws in Canada have been applied with prejudice towards any group seeking to defend the cruel and senseless slaughter of seal pups each spring on the ice off Eastern Canada.

In response to the court decision, Captain Paul Watson said, "I am not surprised we lost the court case but we had to make the attempt. We defend life in a culture that profits from death. The Judge agreed that our freedoms were infringed upon and she then ruled that the rights of the killers to make profits takes precedence over our rights to protect life or even to observe the taking of life."

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society views that as just another battle in a series of battles in the courts and on the ice. We have lost and we will continue to lose these battles, but ultimately we will win this war to stop the slaughter of seals. We will win it in the same way that the government and the courts defend it – through economics.

Sea Shepherd efforts are now focused on promoting the Boycott of Canadian Seafood. We have already seen the losses to Canada in this industry exceed their profits during the last year.

There is nothing the Canadian government or the Canadian courts can do to stop our passionate opposition to this annual obscenity every spring on the ice floes off Eastern Canada.

This decision does mean that twelve crewmembers from the Sea Shepherd flagship Farley Mowat will go to trial this month on charges of "approaching within a half a nautical mile of a seal being killed without permission of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans."

"It makes little difference if we win or lose with this case either," said Captain Watson. "There is no court and there is no government in the world that can convince us that what we are doing is wrong. A court can rule or a government can legislate that defending life and the environment is a crime but there is nothing they can do to destroy our resolve to defend life and to defend the environment. And this law – a law that actually makes it a crime to witness a crime – this is the pinnacle of government arrogance in Canada and it is an affront to the basic freedoms of all Canadians."

Visit the Sea Shepherd website for more information.



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Past Member (0)
Saturday December 17, 2005, 5:12 am
Why does it not supprise me the almighty dollar has raised its ugly head again with its ugly twin greed

Stephanie Haugen (159)
Saturday December 17, 2005, 10:20 am
very, very depressing and disheartening.

Arlene L. (502)
Saturday December 17, 2005, 10:33 am
Yes it is blatant criminality among those responsible to uphold the law and our rights, and the rights of all those creatures who share the land.

Just keep getting angry about this because the seafood boycott against Canada is really building steam. ;) We can put them out of business for their murdering.

Koni Clark-clifton (128)
Saturday December 17, 2005, 12:05 pm
This is disgusting...clearly, greed over rules conscience.

Arlene L. (502)
Saturday December 17, 2005, 12:41 pm
The ugly face of humanity rears-up to show its braggard self. I am ashamed to be human. I think people have been mis-named. We are the lowest rung..the cancer that devours the earth. We are that which ravages all hearts, all beauty, and all soul.

Bryan H. (165)
Saturday December 17, 2005, 5:36 pm
The SSCS is one of best organizations.I wish that I were out there helping them protect life and the envioronment ...., ignorance is just that - its going to be too late til they realize they've made a mistake - Yes Stephanie, disheartening ,depressing and NO common sense !!!

Cheryl B. (205)
Sunday December 18, 2005, 1:47 am
I think Captain Paul Watson said it all. There is nothing that can stop those who truly care. Bravo, Captain Watson and crew.

- A Canadian

. (0)
Sunday December 18, 2005, 2:21 am
This is very sad :(

Tara T. (0)
Sunday December 18, 2005, 5:21 am
Iam sickened just by the thought of whats to come,I wanted to believe so badly that w/enough clicks I could help make a difference. It didnt happen, I wish I could do more to help save seals. My family and all thier families have sworn off anything coming into the states from canada, food,clothing, etc. I will never spend a dollar in canada, EVER !!!

Tara T. (0)
Sunday December 18, 2005, 5:21 am
Iam sickened just by the thought of whats to come,I wanted to believe so badly that w/enough clicks I could help make a difference. It didnt happen, I wish I could do more to help save seals. My family and all thier families have sworn off anything coming into the states from canada, food,clothing, etc. I will never spend a dollar in canada, EVER !!!

Tiyi C. (4)
Sunday December 18, 2005, 9:20 am
I am sorry to say that one of the main reasons I would not visit Canada is because of that Government's Abuse of Wildlife. What is even more sad is that I made this decision in 1987 - and here we are NEARLY 2006 - and it STILL CONTINUES.

Savitri Hari (103)
Sunday December 18, 2005, 11:40 am
It is sad to hear the news of the rights of killers rather than the baby seals. Hope we try one more aggressive campaign attempt to save baby seals
savitri hari

Anthony D. (11)
Monday December 19, 2005, 1:00 am
Keep going. Every action works away at public opinion. It took a long time to make fox hunting with hounds illegal in Britain, and we did it, not by winning court actions, but by changing political opinion by keeping it in the public domain. Every time you make a stand someone else will say, "actually that is wrong, and it is about time we did something about it, maybe our government has got it wrong."

Love and light


Joop n. (0)
Monday December 19, 2005, 10:50 pm
Oh how I hate that money hunters, they want nobody to see what they are doing, but whe I will tell everybody what they are doing, I hate them!!!!!

Joop n. (0)
Monday December 19, 2005, 10:59 pm

Fluffy C. (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2005, 12:05 am
This is depressing and of course extreamly saddening to read. Where did humans lose their humanity? I can only hope that this urges and inspires those of us who are compassionate individuals who still have a sensitve conscience to press ahead even more and more. Keep signing petitions, get the word out there and educate those who remain ignorant on this issue. Lets not give up ,but rather demand more!

Roy M. (339)
Tuesday December 20, 2005, 12:31 am

Gordon M. (25)
Tuesday December 20, 2005, 12:48 pm
Such a bummer

Emma Lila (3)
Sunday January 8, 2006, 3:56 pm
Hi there,Im glad that I am not the Only One that thinks and feel this way,who is against that stupid killing & Slaughtering of
Animals.Together in a Commuity we can change things.
When are they going to respect the animals?
They are such peaceloving creatures and don`t
do any harm.
Greetings from Monaco

Arlene L. (502)
Sunday January 8, 2006, 5:09 pm
Thanks for all your comments on this topic. It looks like we are seeing some more successes in the boycott against Canadian seafood to end the seal slaughter. A big win! Check out the article below that I found on the Sea Shepherd website.

Canadian Seal Products Disgust Inuit Sealers - Greenland Bans Canadian Seal Pelts

The annual Canadian seal slaughter is now being condemned by traditional indigenous sealers.

Greenland and Denmark have banned Canadian sealskins from their markets. The Greenland government took the decision to distance the aboriginal Greenland hunt from the Canadian commercial seal hunt. In a comment to the Danish newspaper Politiken, Mr. Aqqaluk Lynge, Chairman of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, stated, "In contradiction to the Inuit hunters the Newfoundlanders use nature as a slaughterhouse."

Canada has long tried to misrepresent the annual seal slaughter as indigenous despite the fact that the aboriginal peoples of Newfoundland, the Beothuks, were completely exterminated by the Newfoundlanders.

In recent years, Canada has enlisted the support of Canadian Inuit groups to reluctantly defend the slaughter. The Greenland Inuit are free to criticize the hunt because they have no reason to fear economic reprisals from Ottawa unlike their cousins in Canadian controlled territories.

The decision came about due largely to Thor Hjarsen who is a well known Danish conservation biologist. He took the issue to the Danish media.

Captain Paul Watson salutes the efforts by Thor Hjarsen and the decision by the Greenleand and Danish governments. He also applauds the Inuit Circumpolar Conference for speaking out against something which has long been an embarrassment to traditional Inuit seal hunters.

"The Newfoundlanders and Magdalen Islanders have nothing in common with the Inuit hunters," said Captain Watson. "I do not support any seal hunting but I acknowledge that the Inuit do not indulge in the abject cruelty and the incredible waste that the Canadian hunters proudly wallow in. The Inuit take what they need. The Canadian seal killers want to take it all. The Inuit have some measure of respect for their prey. The Canadian seal killers have demonstrated only disrespect. The Inuit hunt seals whereas the Canadians exterminate them."

Over the past two years, Canada has exported more than 90,000 sealskins to Greenland. Many Danish citizens purchase sealskin garments believing they are supporting the Greenland Inuit sealers by doing so. But today, well over one third of all the sealskins on the Greenland market originate in Canada. What this means is a significant revenue loss for the Canadian sealing industry, and therefore, this decision by Greenland and Denmark is an important milestone in the international boycott against Canadian fish and seal products.

Arlene L. (502)
Sunday January 8, 2006, 5:12 pm
Vote on People Magazine's fur poll - VOTE "NO"!
People Magazine says "fur is in".
Vote NO! Lets knock this off the board big time !

Click on the link and vote "NO",19884,1138273_6,00.html

Would you wear this trend?
Yes 27%
No 73%

4 the Animals, 4 the Value Of the Beating Heart!

Green T Arts (31)
Saturday January 28, 2006, 7:32 am
Help, I mean it!!! I'm being pulled in their waterway because I can't seem to ban the images out of my head where I actualy enjoy seeing the seal hunters being skinned alive...

I'm sorry, or maybe I'm not... I don't know any more.

Ratty Ratman (160)
Monday February 6, 2006, 7:14 am
Slavery was once legal in the United States. So, laws are just words. They can not say that you or I or Sea Shepherd must stay away. They do not own the Earth, nor do they own the animals.

Along with the seafood boycott, contact tourist places in Canada. That includes hotels, resteraunts, shops of all kinds, gas stations, everything. And tell them why you and your family will not be there this year.

Another thing that needs to be done is find out what companies buy and sell the fur. Then find out who supplies all the stuff those companies equiptment, shipping boxes, whatever and tell those companies what the fur traders do. Also who leases them the buildings. AND tell them you are looking for a supplier of boxes or whatever, and you will not support their company, and along with that, you are going to list their company as supporting the seal kill in all the correspondence and websites and protests available.

They can't stay in buisness if they can't get any supplies. You can't empty a lake with buckets, but you dam the rivers and the lake dries up all on it's own.

What websites would be able to have a list of complicit companies, anybody know?

Let's go at this from all angles and make this the last year they are able to do this (at least on this scale)

Victoria Deer (1)
Monday April 3, 2006, 4:41 pm
My Mother, being in MASH units as a nurse in WWII said, "It's not the 1 Hitler -- it's all the billions of other Hitlers that allow that 1 Hitler to exist." She was an ARA, saving them.

Victoria Deer (1)
Monday April 3, 2006, 4:43 pm
And what ha's do to on a daily basis to the Other Animals is worse than what Hitler did in a few yrs, of course.

Sheila G. (16)
Tuesday April 18, 2006, 11:20 am
I have signed the Care2 petition regarding ending the Canadian baby seal hunt, and anyone who has not please sign!!! This is an extremely important issue!

MystiqueFeline F. (0)
Friday April 21, 2006, 3:43 am
How awful, but that is the way of this sick work, I will not give up

Kim K. (314)
Wednesday May 10, 2006, 5:30 pm
I cannot believe that after all people have done to disaprove of the Hunt, it still will go on, it's sad not only for the seals who will be slaughtered,beaten,clubbed and even shot to death. I for one will never step foot in Canada and never eat any food or products that come here from canada...This is sad not only for the seals but for the Canadians that do not take part or approve that will ultimetly suffer because of this.
Sad person in USA

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 15, 2006, 7:52 pm
They didn't really expect an Atlantic Canada Court Judge to rule differently did they? The fix was in before they hit the court room. If they had this tried in Ontario or BC I'm sure they'd have won.

Beatrice B. (1)
Tuesday August 15, 2006, 8:07 am
So now the sealers have bought theöselves what? 10 years of further garanteed work?
By the rate they are killing seals there won't be any left for them to kill afterwards. Really great thinking!!!
Neither them nor the judge obviously have ever heard of sustainability. Did they never learn from the fisheries crisis?
It must hurt to be so short sighted.

jelena zaric (284)
Wednesday October 18, 2006, 9:20 am
ARRGGGHHJH *cryingbig* *flaming*
same is happening in Namibia to cape fur seals!(CITAS said that Namibian gov. did it "by the book" ) !!! criminals are getting rich over dead bodies!!!
4 gods sake- are we so insignificant my friends!!???

colleen o. (200)
Thursday October 26, 2006, 4:26 pm

Eden Garden (20)
Tuesday November 21, 2006, 4:52 am
How horrible. We have to push and force an International Court preferably in the Hague and stop this by international law. The only way to do this is by intense pressure and all animal lovers and animal rights groups and nature conservation should join together to do this. Unity is strength.

Noelle D. (83)
Monday November 27, 2006, 12:25 pm
Money is the root of all evil

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 18, 2007, 11:31 pm
This is a terrible blow but it may be good since people were severely hurt everyone can now see how stupid and arrogant the canadian government is and and they apparently don't know that by killing these seals they are directly contributing to global warming.

Arlene L. (502)
Monday February 19, 2007, 9:17 am
Top Three Seal Hunt Myths

FEBRUARY 16/2007 – As the 2007 seal hunt grows closer, it’s important to separate the facts from the fiction. Here are the top three myths (some call them outright lies) told by Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) about the upcoming commercial seal hunt:

Myth #1: The seal hunt is humane.

All available evidence, including veterinary reports and independent observations, indicates that each year tens of thousands of seal pups die in an unacceptably cruel manner inconsistent with contemporary animal welfare standards.

Year after year, observers report abuses such as the hooking and dragging of live seals across the ice, seals clubbed or shot and left to suffer on the ice, and seals skinned while conscious. While all recent veterinary reports recommend reducing the suffering of seals, their recommendations have not been fully implemented. There is no doubt that Canada’s commercial seal hunt continues to result in considerable and unacceptable suffering.

Myth #2: The seal hunt is closely monitored and well managed.

The seal hunt involves thousands of sealers competing for a limited number of seals during a relatively short period of time. Sealers are concerned with killing as many animals as quickly as possible instead of checking to see if a seal is dead before moving on to club the next one.

Year after year, IFAW hunt observers encounter seals that have been clubbed and left to suffer on the ice, bleeding profusely, crying, breathing and attempting to crawl. These are not “reflexes” as the DFO claims, which are easily recognised and familiar to those observing the seal hunt.

During 2006, the DFO claimed to have had 12 monitors for the Gulf hunt, the largest enforcement effort ever. Yet sealers in one region were allowed to take three times their quota without any consequences. In fact the Total Allowable Catch has been exceeded in four of the past five years.

Myth #3: The seal hunt is sustainable.

A recent study by IFAW scientists found that the current management approach risks depleting the harp seal herd by as much as 70% in the next 15 years. Seal catch quotas set by the Canadian government are much higher than government scientists’ estimates of what is sustainable, and these quotas are then allowed to be exceeded.

The DFO often states that the harp seal population has tripled since the 1970s. However, this ignores the fact that between 1950 and 1970 the harp seal population was reduced by as much as two-thirds from seal hunting. Since 1995, harp seals are being killed at levels similar to those that caused a dangerous decline in the past, and the DFO now admits that the population has declined.

Climate change is also presenting a new threat to the harp seal population by negatively impacting their breeding habitat. Increasingly, poor ice conditions off the east coast of Canada are causing higher than normal seal pup mortality. Government scientists estimate that in 2002, 75% of the pups in the Gulf of St. Lawrence died due to a lack of ice before the hunt even began. Yet the government continues to increase the total allowable catches for harp seals, putting the population at increased risk.

Visit to learn more.

Many more myths about Canada’s commercial seal hunt will be heard over the next few months in an attempt to justify the seal hunt. But no matter how the truth is distorted, it cannot change the fact that the seal hunt is terribly cruel.


Olivier Bonnet
Director IFAW Canada

Frank H. (478)
Sunday July 27, 2008, 11:20 am
This is a tragedy.

susan f. (30)
Monday April 6, 2009, 11:01 am
Pray for the seals

mrs M. (1425)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 6:19 am

Carol Long (0)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 9:58 pm
And others wonder why Americans hate the Canadian Government, well this is the reason, they kill,slaughter and eat those who can't fight back for their own greed,not for food,but the pride of killing.

Tanwi S. (26)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 3:21 am
Ik hoop dat dit echt stopt en dat het in liefde en vrede kan opgelost worden

Archie B. (48)
Sunday July 4, 2010, 6:16 pm
Because WE DO NOT NEED TO KILL ANIMALS like these pups to live, it just SHOULD NOT HAPPEN! How many shareholders are there in this slaughter "business" anyway? lets,get their E mail ads. & MESSAGE them!

Sarah A. (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 1:04 pm
So. All u need is s permint from the gov and u can kill ss many seals as u want! That's just inhumane .... and sickning


Arlene L.
female , single
Nimpo Lake, BC, Canada
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