April 3rd, 2006
Eighth Day of Hunger Strike and Imprisonment for Anti-Sealing Activist
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada - Dr. Jerry Vlasak - one of three Press Officers with the North American Animal Liberation Press Office (NAALPO) - remains in jail on his eighth day of a hunger strike in Charlottetown, PEI. He was jailed and began a hunger strike last Monday in protest of the unjust conviction of eleven activists who were arrested March of 2005 on the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Dr. Vlasak was punched in the nose, and 10 others - including two female crewmembers of SSCS - were violently assaulted by the captain and crew of the Brady Mariner from Newfoundland. Despite extensive video documentation of the assault, none of the seal killers were ever arrested or charged.
Dr. Jerry Vlasak and the ten others were charged with and convicted of violating the blatantly inappropriately named "Canadian Seal Protection Act" and, after refusing to pay the fine, were sentenced this last January to twenty-two days in jail.
Dr. Vlasak said from Charlottetown Saturday in a phone call from the jail, "The seal killers are pathetic; they're happy as long as they're bludgeoning baby seals to death on the ice or beating their wives at home - but as soon as someone starts talking about fighting back in self-defense - or extensional self-defense - they begin whining to the Government and the media."
Despite the fact that the local papers in PEI are stating that Dr. Vlasak's hunger strike is being closely "monitored," Vlasak had not seen a nurse for a week - that is, until concerned individuals began calling the jail. When, indeed, the nurse did visit Vlasak and took his blood pressure, she became concerned that it was low and asked Vlasak what she should do. He told her to please demand her government STOP subsidizing the clubbing to death of baby seals 325,000 innocent lives in March and April alone.
The public has begun to call the jail - demanding it release Dr. Vlasak with time served - arguing that it serves no purpose to keep him simply because he and ten others were convicted of coming within half a nautical mile of a sealer clubbing to death an infant seal.
The seal killers "met their quota" 91,000 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence - last week. Tomorrow begins the "second phase" of the massacre on the Labrador Front, Newfoundland - bludgeoning to death 234,000 more baby seals for their fur and penises sold to make European coats and Asian aphrodisiacs.
For more information - or to obtain footage and photographs of the seal kill - please call or e-mail the North American Animal Liberation Press Office at (818) 932-9997 or [email protected].
National Press Officers:
Lindy Greene - Southwest
Camille Hankins - New York
Jerry Vlasak, MD - Los Angeles