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Fallen seal hunters, enviro-pirates & the Coast Guard in Canada - 2008

Hearn was right. people are tired of these jokers, and it is better to act now then to risk a future incident.

Here's an article on Watson, lol

Crew member of Farley Mowat describes tense situation as ship boarded, seized

By The Canadian Press

SYDNEY, N.S. - A crew member from the anti-sealing vessel Farley Mowat insists Canadian authorities had no right to board and seize the ship Saturday as it was in international waters beyond Canada's territorial limit.

David Jonas, a New Hampshire resident, described the tense confrontation to The Canadian Press early Sunday after he was released from custody in Sydney, N.S.
He said an RCMP tactical squad boarded the ship at 11 a.m. ADT Saturday while the Mowat's crew members were observing the annual seal hunt in the Cabot Strait -
the body of water between Cape Breton and Newfoundland. "We were placed under arrest, forced to lie down on the deck," said Jonas, a member of the Sea Shepherd
Conservation Society. "We were then escorted to the stern of the ship and kept under armed guard."

Jonas said some of his shipmates were handcuffed once aboard the coast guard icebreaker Des Groseilliers, which brought them to port in Sydney late Saturday night.
Jonas said the Mowat's 17 crew members were told they would be charged with violating Canada's sealing laws. However, once on shore, they were told the charges
would be dropped against all but the captain and chief officer, who both made a brief appearance early Sunday in a Sydney courtroom.

Jonas said Canada has no legal grounds to detain them. "Canada did not have a right to board us and bring us to Sydney. We were in international waters. We're a
Dutch-registered vessel and had the right of free passage." Federal Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn has insisted the Mowat was seized legally in Canada's "internal waters."

The Mowat's crew maintains their vessel never entered Canada's 12-nautical-mile territorial limit, but Hearn said the Fisheries Act gave him the authority to take action
beyond that line. Still, the Fisheries Department has confirmed that on March 29 - one day after the hunt started - Foreign Affairs issued a diplomatic note to the
Netherlands requesting help dealing with the Mowat "as it is flying a Dutch flag."

A former sealer and head of the Canadian Sealers Association said the federal government did the "right and proper thing" by seizing the Mowat. Frank Pinhorn of
Conception Bay South, N.L., said the ice floes are no place for observers. "We hear tell of them interfering with sealers on the ice, that they're getting between the
sealers and their own boats so it's a real nuisance," said Pinhorn, whose association represents seal hunters from Newfoundland and Labrador. "It's going to come
to a point where someone is going to lose their patience, they're going to be a little bit edgy and they're going to react. That reaction could take any form at all. They
got sticks in their hands, they got hakapiks and they got rifles, 'cause that's what they're out there doing."

Paul Watson, head of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said the high-profile seizure represents a public relations coup for his movement as the European Union
contemplates a ban on the importation of all seal products. Watson, who was in New York when his ship was boarded, said he would drive to Sydney on Sunday.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society alleges that federal officers "roughed up" a crew member when she resisting being "manhandled."

The group also took a swipe at Hearn on its website. "The man has not even read Managing Fisheries for Dummies and in his zeal to kiss the bottoms of the seal-killing
crowd he has thrown reason out the window ... Loyola Hearn is certainly the latest Nufie joke and the joke is about to backfire in his face." Hearn heaped scorn on the
environmental crusaders. "These are a bunch of money-sucking manipulators," Hearn told a news conference in Ottawa on Saturday. "They're sole aim is to try to suck
as much money out of the pockets of people who really don't know what's going on." Hearn said the ship's captain and chief officer were arrested for allegedly violating
Canada's marine mammal regulations and the Fisheries Act.

The charges stem from a high-seas confrontation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence between the Farley Mowat and the Des Groseilliers on March 30. At the time, a group
of seal hunters called for assistance from the coast guard, complaining that the Farley Mowat was getting too close to them on the floes north of Cape Breton. The
98-metre icebreaker Des Groseilliers responded to the call and was "grazed" twice by the 54-metre Farley Mowat, the Fisheries Department says.

But the conservation group disputes that claim, saying its ship was instead rammed twice by the icebreaker. Last week, Hearn's department alleged the Farley Mowat's
captain, Alexander Cornelissen, and First Officer Peter Hammarstedt broke rules that prohibit anyone from coming within 900 metres of the hunt unless they have an
observer's permit.

Cornelissen is also charged under the Fisheries Act with obstruction or hindrance of a Fishery Officer or inspector. Hearn said the Mowat came within nine metres of a
group sealers at one point on March 30. The charges could result in fines of up to $100,000 or up to one year in jail, or both.

"We did the right thing," Hearn said, noting that the seizure and arrests were made on the opening day of the largest phase of the East Coast seal hunt. "I'd rather act
when nobody is hurt, rather than react when somebody got killed."

In Sydney, several members of the Mowat's crew were detained Sunday after they refused to comply with immigration and customs checks, Jonas said. "Half of us have
denied that opportunity, and will be interned," he said. "It's clearly an unusual circumstance for all involved." Until they're released, the crew is going on a hunger strike,
Jonas added.

The Mowat will be detained in Sydney for as long at it takes Transport Canada officials to conduct a full inspection, Hearn said. The seizure effectively sidelines Watson's
group as hunters start killing seals in a vast area north of Newfoundland known as the Front. About 70 per cent of the slaughter typically takes place in this area.

Under federal rules, seal hunters can take up to 275,000 harp seals this season, but low pelt prices and steep fuel costs have made the hunt a money-loser for many
hunters. As a result, far fewer seals are expected to be slaughtered this year.

The pelts are primarily sold to buyers in Norway, Russia and China, who in turn use the fur to produce coats and other clothes. As well, there is a growing market for
seal oil, which is high in a fatty acid that may prevent heart disease. Federal officials say the harp seal population stands at about 5.5 million.

The Fisheries Department insists the hunt is sustainable and humane, providing much-needed income in the winter months to coastal communities where unemployment
remains high. Animals rights groups say the hunt is a barbaric, senseless slaughter that is poorly monitored.

Watson's group argues that the hunt is a threat to the harp seal species and that almost half of the seals killed are skinned alive, but Ottawa vehemently denies these
claims. The United States has banned Canadian seal products since 1972. The European Union banned imports of the white coats from the youngest harp seals in 1983.
Mortarman Rockpainter said:
But I'm no lawyer.  Heck, I'm not even a barrister or solicitor ;D

But did you stay in a Holiday Inn?
Author Farley Mowat bails out anti-sealing protesters

Article Link

In a stunt designed to make headlines, Paul Watson, the head of the anti-sealing group, posted part of the bail in toonies.

"I took out 5,000 $2 coins and that's what we're gonna pay the bail. They want cash, we'll give them cash. Doubloons. I think it's appropriate for their pirate action," Watson told CBC News earlier in Cape Breton.

The Canadian Press reported that half the bond was paid in 2,500 toonies. Watson told the news agency that the coins had to be counted twice, because Cape Breton court officials lost track and had to start over.

More on article link.

What a moron this Watson is!!

As much as most people hate this guy, I would say its Mission Accomplished from his side.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society alleges that federal officers "roughed up" a crew member when she resisting being "manhandled."

I believe that's called resisting arrest, and damn right you get roughed up for it!!

If you look at the video they released to the media, the CG Icebreaker wasn't moving when it was hit by the Farley Mowat. The little boat looked like it was trying to run away, and bounced off the side of the CG vessel in the process.
PMedMoe said:
"I took out 5,000 $2 coins and that's what we're gonna pay the bail. They want cash, we'll give them cash. Doubloons. I think it's appropriate for their pirate action," Watson told CBC News earlier in Cape Breton.

Irony = Complaint of pirate action against a boat painted black that flys a pirate flag.  ::)
Dirt Digger said:
Irony = Complaint of pirate action against a boat painted black that flys a pirate flag.  ::)

Did you expect anything different from these sailer's terrorists ?

I think they should sink the ship, and make an artificial reef out of it  ;D
sink it.  Then they would have a case against the CG for polluting and contaminating the waters
Barbara Frum - Paul Watson Interview, 1978 CBC

"This interview recorded on CBC Radio in 1978 goes a long way towards revealing the motivation behind the activist groups that campaign against the Canadian seal hunt"

"The interviewier is the late Barbara Frum and the person being interview  is Sea Sheperd founder and leader Paul Watson"

B.F.: Mr.Watson, how easy is it to raise money against the seal hunt ?

P.W. : Well, I think that of all the animals in the world or any environemental problem in the world  the harp seal is the easiest issue to raise fund on.
Greenpeace has  always manage to raise more moneyon the seal issue, for the campaigns, than has actually been spent on the campaigns themselves. The seal hunt
has  always turn a profit for the Greenpace Foundation. And then other organisations like IFAW, API, Fund for animals, also make a profit off the seal hunt.

B.F.: Are you suggesting that they fight for seals  rather then other animals because it's easy, or easier to raise money that way, or because it's a profit maker for them ?

P.W.: Well, it's definitively beause it's easier to make money and because it does make a profit because there is over a thousand animals on the endangered
species list, and the harp seal isn't one of them,

B.F.: Did anyone in Greenpeace ever expressed that aloud, that is was easier to make some hay, some money on the seal hunt, so let's get into that ?

P.W.: Well, a lot of people have done that. See the thing is the seal is very easy to exploit as an image. We have posters, we have buttons, we have shirts,
all of which portrait the head of a baby seal with the tears coming out of its eyes. Baby seals are always crying because- it's- they always - the salt tears keep their eyes
from freezing. But they have this image, they're baby animals, they're beautifuls, and because of that, couple with the horror of a sealer hitting them on the head with a
club, it's an image which goes right to the heart of animals lovers all over North America. And now we have a dozen people this year from Greenpeace California - I
mean they're coming from the highest standard of living region  in North America- they're traveling to the lowest income per year on this continent telling them not to
kills seals because they're cute. But they're not an endangered species. Yet of the coast of California there three species of dolphin- the spinner, the spotted  and the
white belly - and they're being slaughtered towards the bring of extinction by American tuna boats. And then the slaughter of Ridley sea turtles in Escobilia in Mexico.

B.F.: Now what happens within Greenpeace when you raise a point like that ?

P.W.: They know they can't raise money off out of it. They know that if they send a crew down to try to interfere with the killing of sea turtle in Mexico, they're not going to  get any support. And they know that if they - the problems with the dolphins is that they're so much competition there is so many groups that are trying to raise money to protect dolphins and protect whales,

B.F.: How much money did Greenpeace raise the year you left against seal hunt ?

P.W.: Well, I had submitted a budget for 60 000$. We spent 55 000$, and I believe that we raise well over 100 000$. And I do know that...

B.F.: So you never did as well in raising money as Brian Davies group ?

P.W.: No, the IFAW is much more efficent. Greenpeace is a younger organisation. I think they're more efficient now. the money's coming in, you know,
a couple of thousand dollars a day into each office now, tehy're raising much more money this year then they have in  years previous.

B.F.: Did you see any evidence that anyone prospered from the money raised in any of the organisatins against  seal hunt ? When they go out for example
and take helicopters and take protesters, are these people paid a salary ? Do they spend the money they raise or do they keep it ?

P.W.: Well, Greenpeace protesters in the lasts two years were not paid a salary. They were all volunteers.  This year the crew members are paid
volunteers". Theirs salaries, I would believe, I would think that the amount of money spend on salaries for the Greenpeace organisation right now is about a quarter
of a million dollars. There are other groups, too, like API - Animal Protection Institute ...

B.F.: How much do they spend to fight the seal hunt ? 

P.W.: I don't think they spend anything. They put their money into advertising, which they say make the public aware, and also it has their address on the
corner which has people send in more money. So in fact, every time they invest money in advertising, they make more money back in return.

B.F.: Any idea of total sum of all the momney raised every year, to fight the seal hunt.

P.W.: I would estimated that between API, IFAW, Greenpeace and any others groups that's thee to four million dollars.

B.F.: Are these funds collected from individuals that feel badly or are there corporate givers, do you know ?

P.W.: No, mainly they're from a ...

B.F.: So two to five dollars customers ?

P.W.: Yeh. A lot of school children, a lot of pensioners.

B.F.: Your fear then is that it isn't just money that people can easily spend, that's is coming from people who you think would be better off keeping it ?

P.W.: Well, I think that a lot of the money is now being abused.

B.F.: In addition to their salary, I assume that there's a lot of money to be used from the group for your personal living expenses - traveling, money raising ?

P.W.: Oh certaintly. The people, in addition to getting a salary - Greenpeace people are flying around the world all the time. I mean Australia, Japan, Hawaii,
California, Norway, England. At any time there are a dozen peole that are on their way to or from these countries ...


Nice find Yrys.

For shits and giggles I've been getting into it over at indybay.org. I've reposted your transcription, I hope you don't mind. >:D


I love hating hippies. ;D
Yrys said:

"Coast guard sued over capsizing of L’Acadien II: Victims of the deadly capsizing of a sealing vessel last year off Cape Breton are suing the federal government for $2.7-million, claiming the coast guard was negligent and did not speak French to the Quebec crew.":