We are not crazy about the tactics of Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Society, nor are we crazy about the Canadian Seal Hunt. It was inevitable that if you put the Sea Shepherd's Farley Mowat together with the Canadian Coast Guard, that, as the National Security advisor said in the Hunt for Red October, having your ships and ours, in such proximity... is inherently DANGEROUS.
So,"The Government of Canada has taken action to protect the safety and livelihoods of Canadian sealers by boarding and seizing the Farley Mowat to arrest its Captain and Chief Officer for alleged violations of Canada's Marine Mammal Regulations (MMR)," said Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Loyola Hearn, Saturday in a statement. "These actions were taken in accordance with Canadian fisheries legislation."
Paul Watson politely expresses another point of view:
"This is an act of war," said Captain Paul Watson. "The Canadian government has just sent an armed boarding party onto a Dutch registered yacht in international waters and has seized the ship. Considering that the mission of the Farley Mowat was to document evidence of cruelty by sealers to support a European initiative to ban seal products, I can predict that the Europeans will not be very pleased with this move and most likely this move by Loyola Hearn will guarantee that this bill is passed. In other words the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has just handed us the victory that we were looking for." ::Sea Shepherd Society
The Canadian Minister continued his defence of the right of sealers to pound helpless animals to death. "Today's action will help ensure the safe and orderly conduct of the seal hunt." said Hearn. "We will continue to protect sealers while ensuring the sustainable and humane management of the hunt so it continues to provide economic opportunities for Canada's coastal communities in the future." ::Canada.com
So this horror story and national embarrassment continues.