In Canada if you take a picture of a seal being killed you are arrested, jailed and fined and the maximum penalty if convicted is up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. In addition when we documented the seal slaughter last year, our ship Farley Mowat was seized and is still being held by the Canadian government without any charges against it. Two of our officers Alex Cornelissen and Peter Hammarstedt were released on $5,000 bail each for the "crime" of witnessing the killing of a seal. The actual charge was violating the "Seal Protection Regulations" which makes it illegal to witness or document the killing of a seal without a permit from the government.
This week a sealer was found guilty of inhumanely killing a seal. Ashley Gould, 27, of Anchor Point, Newfoundland was videotaped smashing baby seals with a shovel and throwing them on to the boat while still alive.
What did the "Seal Protection Act" have to say about that? Mr. Gould was found guilty of using unauthorized weapons. The punishment for bashing baby seals over the head with a shovel and throwing their living bodies onto the deck of a boat is a $2,000 fine and Mr. Gould will be suspended for the 1st day of the 2009 seal hunt.
A fine of $100,000 and up to a year in prison for taking a picture of a seal being killed and a $2,000 fine for bashing it over the head with a shovel.
They say that justice is blind. In Canada justice has her eyes wide shut and she's arrogantly moronic and very sick.