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Hysterical Hearn Hatefully Harasses Harp Seal Heroes
Paul Watson and the Armada of Death
DFO not covering itself in glory in seal hunt mess
By SILVER DONALD CAMERON
Apr 20, 2008

LET ME get this straight. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, aided by the RCMP, boarded and seized the Dutch-registered protest vessel Farley Mowat in order to prevent injury to sealers -- just a couple of weeks after DFO drowned four sealers itself in a terrifying display of incompetence.

And the European master and mate of the vessel have been jailed and charged with offences under a set of "marine mammal protection regulations" that were created specifically to stifle dissent by preventing protesters from approaching seals who are in the process of being slaughtered.

And all this hits the headlines just as the European Union debates whether to ban seal products from the EU completely. A triumph of Canadian diplomacy.

And the minister, Loyola Hearn, contributes to the calm and rational discussion of the seal hunt by sneering at the internationally-venerated Farley Mowat, who had the effrontery to put up bail money for the jailed officers. Hearn also excoriates Paul Watson's Sea Shepherd Conservation society as "a bunch of money-sucking manipulators."

If money-sucking manipulation is now a crime under the Fisheries Act, perhaps we should send a few fisheries officers to call on The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney. Whether or not Mulroney's skulking encounters with Karlheinz Schreiber were otherwise illegal, there's not much doubt that they represented "money-sucking manipulation" on an Olympic scale.

But that's not true of Paul Watson. Say what you will about Paul Watson -- and you can say, with some justice, that he's intransigent, uncompromising, hyperbolic, pugnacious, rash and intemperate -- you cannot ascribe cynicism to a man who has spent his whole life charging whaling ships with rubber rafts, getting himself tear-gassed and beaten and jailed, and confronting armed and angry sealers and whalers far out on the cold and lonely sea.

But Hearn, who has spent his entire working life in classrooms and legislatures, says Watson is "gutless." Stunning.

Paul Watson is not a cuddly figure. He doesn't mind risks, and he is not intimidated by the authorities. If they don't give him a permit, he goes to the ice without one and takes the consequences. If he has to go to jail, he goes. If the authorities bar him from the ice, he organizes a shipload of others. If they harass his Canadian ship, he registers it in the Netherlands. If they tell him he can't enter Canadian waters, he stays 13 miles offshore and lets the hunt come to him.
He is utterly devoted to what he's doing. And his passionate commitment reduces DFO and its successive ministers to gibbering, frothing incoherence.

The truth is that two worlds are colliding every spring at the seal hunt. Loyola Hearn represents the fading world view which holds that human beings somehow rank above all other beings, holding dominion over the living whole and exploiting it without restraint. Watson, a vegan, represents the leading edge of a new world of people who recognize themselves as part of nature, responsible for their stewardship of the natural world, and no more precious than any other species on the planet.

Watson was speaking for that new world when he said that the deaths of the four sealers was a tragedy -- but the deaths of 270,000 seals was an even greater tragedy.

The striking outcome of that remark -- as I saw it on a CBC News poll -- was not that many people were outraged by it, but that perhaps two-thirds of the callers agreed with him.

When I first met Watson, I'm quite sure that the proportion would have been reversed -- that a single human life would have been considered far more valuable than the lives of any number of animals. That was in 1976, on the ice at the Front, north of Newfoundland. I was reporting on the seal hunt. Watson was there with Greenpeace, of which he was a founding member.

That year, the Front was covered by all the major American TV networks, the wire services, and influential papers like the Boston Globe. The gory images that flashed around the world were a disaster for the sealing industry and the Canadian government. Ever since then, DFO has worked implacably to prevent detailed coverage of the slaughter -- and it has largely succeeded. Except for Paul Watson.

In those days we hadn't begun to grasp the damage that human beings had already done to the oceans. We didn't know about the fury of destruction that has eliminated 90 per cent of the world's large predatory fishes. We hadn't watched while DFO "managed" the Atlantic cod and the Pacific salmon into commercial extinction.

But Watson understood in his viscera that we were confronting an armada of death supported by pliant and amoral authority. With growing support, he has fought them ever since -- and, with his fellow green warriors he has changed the world.

The truth is that two worlds are colliding every spring at the seal hunt.

Silver Donald Cameron's columns for The NovaScotian appear online at http://silverdonaldonsunday.blogspot.com/
 
If you can drop Silver Donald Cameron and line to thank-him for his viewpoint.

Thanks

Paul Watson


April 15, 2008

from Captain Paul Watson
 
Looks like mother nature is helping the seals... Too bad the Canadian government is so intent on having them destroyed.

And yesterday two more sealing ships bit the dust.

The Newfoundland sealing vessel Lacey May burst into flames and burned to the waterline some 37 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland . All five seal killers were rescued by the coast guard after the men abandoned their boat and hopped onto an ice floe.

About the same time a 15 metre sealing vessel the B S Venture ran onto the rocks on the coast of Newfoundland . Apparently their engine broke down, they lost power, and went up on the rocks. Now that was a sight for a poor seal's eyes.

Two weeks ago the sealing boat L'Acadien II capsized while being towed through the ice by the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Sir William Alexander. Four men died in that tragedy.

That was not the first time this bizarre accident has happened. In 1997, the Newfoundland sealing boat Angela and Brother's flipped and sank while being towed by the Coast Guard ice-breaker Sir Humphrey Gilbert.

Sealing vessels were crushed and sunk last year in thick ice and numerous vessels have been damaged again this year.

Not that the sealers care. The government of Canada is always ready to pay compensation for losses just as they subsidize the slaughter with surveillance to locate seals, they break the ice to allow access to the seals and they march around the world trying to drum up markets for seal products ranging from seal fur to powdered seal penis. Tax-payer founded purveyors of snake-oil sex potions and heavy metal laced seal oil "health" tablets.

The seal slaughter is a glorified welfare scheme and the sealers nothing more than uneducated welfare bums seeking to practice their barbarous trade at the expense of Canadian tax-payers and Canada 's reputation.

All of this because Canadian Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn is encouraging sealers to use flimsy non-ice class wooden and aluminum hulled vessels in extremely hazardous ice conditions. In their lust to kill seals the sealers are being encouraged by a man seeking to further his own political ambitions by declaring himself the champion of fishermen and the scourge of seals and seal defenders. Afterall, most Canadians did not elect Hearn, he only needs to keep the fishermen in Newfoundland happy to win re-election. He can ignore the concerns of all Canadians because only the sealing vote counts for him.

Meanwhile the ever hilariously hysterical Hearn is having his thugs tear apart the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat looking for safety violations. It appears that a steel hulled, Norwegian built, ice class ship is suspected of not being safe to navigate the ice yet flimsy little boats are being blessed by the same Coast Guard and sent off to sea to be dashed on rocks, burnt or sunk by the Coast Guard.

Meanwhile Hearn distracts the anger of the fishermen away from government incompetence by scape-goating seals and seal defenders. In his effort to harpoon all opposition to the barbaric sealing industry, Hearn has made a spectacle of himself, spouting off with juvenile schoolyard name-calling, shooting mis-information from the hip and sending his gun-toting henchmen onto a foreign registered yacht in international waters and then bold faced lying about it, obviously completely ignorant of the fact that there is a device called GPS that can pinpoint the position of vessels to within a few metres anywhere in the world.

As sealing boats sink, get crushed in the ice, burn and smash themselves on the rocks, images of horrific cruelty are being published worldwide. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's campaign to defend the seals has been an enormous success and everything has gone better than planned as we take the battle off the ice for now and into the courtrooms.
Meanwhile, another sealing boat bites the dust and another one gone and another one gone � alright!


Globe and Mail (Editorial)

The boarding and seizure of the environmental vessel the Farley Mowat and the arrest of her captain and first officer is not only a grossly disproportionate response to the efforts of opponents to document the seal hunt, but it is itself an overtly political act.

At a news conference about the seizure, Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn condemned the protesters as "a bunch of money-sucking manipulators." He mocked Paul Watson, the head of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, for "quarterbacking from his nice, posh hotel room in New York somewhere." Earlier, he labelled Mr. Watson "gutless." This was clearly no routine enforcement of marine mammal regulations under the Fisheries Act.

Mr. Watson said the seizure of his organization's vessel by an RCMP tactical squad operating from two Canadian Coast Guard vessels was in response to graphic footage the crew of the Farley Mowat had obtained of seals being slaughtered. He said the images would harm Canada's reputation as the European Union considers a ban of seal products. That's one way to look at it. Another is that it is an easy way for a federal government to impress Newfoundlanders and improve its popularity in Atlantic Canada following its battles with Premier Danny Williams. It is also a way for the Coast Guard, which falls under Mr. Hearn's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, to redeem itself with the sealing and fishing community following the tragic sinking of the fishing vessel Acadien II while under tow by a Coast Guard ice breaker.

Four sealers from Quebec were killed in the icy waters when their vessel overturned in that notorious incident two weeks ago. Accounts of the tragedy allege bungling by the Coast Guard crew, followed by callousness in the official response to the tragedy and search for survivors. Mr. Hearn's department was forced to attempt damage control and the minister fell back on his own roots "coming from a small fishing community" to try to calm the anger.

While allegations that the Farley Mowat came dangerously close to a sealer deserve to be taken seriously, some eyewitness accounts suggest the Coast Guard icebreaker Sir William Alexander posed a far greater threat to the well being of sealers.

Mr. Hearn is correct that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is known around the world for causing "all sorts of troubles." Mr. Watson is a renegade in the environmental movement whose confrontational tactics - for which he was expelled from Greenpeace - have won him some friends, many enemies, and a great deal of publicity. His extremism was evident in his comment that the killing of seals is "a greater tragedy" than the deaths of the four Quebec sealers. The Farley Mowat has bravely confronted Japanese whalers operating in Antarctic waters, defending endangered species that Japan to its shame still hunts, but Mr. Watson's actions to stop the seal hunt are not justified on conservation grounds. Instead, they focus on a gruesome and marginal hunt targeting plentiful seal populations only to pander to public revulsion, mainly in Europe, over cuddly little seals being bludgeoned. No doubt this aids the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's fund-raising efforts.

Rather than marginalizing Mr. Watson, however, the government has played directly into his hands. Thanks to Mr. Hearn's political machinations, Mr. Watson just got more free publicity than he likely ever dreamed of.

Barry Kent MacKay
Senior Programme Associate
Animal Protection Institute
www.api4animals.org


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http://canadianpress.google.com/ article/ALeqM5g0HM6eVJECSsoXpoPODumGR3Pl4Q

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/12/america/NA-GEN-Canada-Seal-Hunt.php

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/ story.html?id=eb603de8-4464-4597-b93e-9cf9bd4d501f

Seal Defenders Attacked!

The Farley Mowat Has Been Illegally Stormed and the Sea Shepherd Crew Assaulted

April 12, 2008

At 0700 Hours (PST) and 0800 Hours Atlantic time the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel Farley Mowat was attacked by officers from two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers the Des Groseilliers and the Sir Wifred Grenfell.

Captain Alex Cornelissen informed the boarders that the Farley Mowat is a Dutch registered ship in international waters and that Canada had no legal right to restrict the free passage of the vessel through international waters.

The ship was in the Gulf of St. Lawrence well beyond the Canadian twelve mile territorial limit.

Captain Paul Watson speaking by phone with Farley Mowat communications officer Shannon Mann and he heard the voices of men screaming for the crew to fall to the floor. The men carried guns according to Mann and could be heard by Captain Watson threatening the Farley Mowat�s crew.

As Captain Watson was speaking with Shannon Mann , the Sat-phone went dead and nothing more has been heard from the Sea Shepherd crew.

The Farley Mowat was documenting violations of the humane regulations and gathering proof that the seals were being killed in an inhumane manner.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is assuming that the video tapes will be seized by the Canadian authorities.

There are 17 crewmembers onboard the Dutch registered Farley Mowat from the Netherlands , the United Kingdom , France , Sweden , South Africa , Canada and the United States .

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been cut off from communication with the crew and has no information on where the vessel will be taken. We have no information on the condition of the crew and the Society is deeply concerned that Sea Shepherd crew.

�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.�


Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (1977-
Co-Founder - The Greenpeace Foundation (1972)
Co-Founder - Greenpeace International (1979)
Director for Greenpeace (1972-1977)
Director of the Sierra Club USA (2003-2006)
Director of the Farley Mowat Institute
Working Partner with the Ecuadorian National Environmental Police and the Galapagos National Park
Master of the M/Y Robert Hunter
Master of the M/Y Steve Irwin
Master of the M/Y Farley Mowat

"Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
Reckless O soul, exploring, I with thee and thou with me,
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
And we risk the ship, ourselves and all"
- Walt Whitman

www.Seashepherd.org
Tel: 360-370-5650
Fax: 360-370-5651
Cell: 310-701-3096

Address: P.O. Box 2616
Friday Harbor, Wa 98250
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MySpace Address: myspace.com/captainpaulwatson


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04/12/2008

Hysterical Hearn Hatefully Harasses Harp Seal Heroes

A clearly agitated Loyola Hearn, Canada�s Minister of Fishy Business held a media conference in Ottawa on Saturday to deliver a vindictive and clearly angry denunciation of Captain Paul Watson and the crew of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Farley Mowat.

Unable to defend the incompetence of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Hearn decided to get personal by referring to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as "A bunch of money-sucking manipulators." Hearn also said, "And their 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 accused Captain Watson of directing the campaign from his "posh New York hotel suite where he was dining on steak and lobster." That was a revelation to Captain Watson who is a vegetarian and last night slept on the couch of a friend in Brooklyn.

"Mr. Hearn has the resources of the RCMP at his disposal and they can check my credit card records and they will find just how frugal we are," said Captain Watson, "but why let evidence and the facts get in the way of good propaganda spin?"

Captain Watson is currently driving to Cape Breton Island from New York City. "I know that Hearn seems to think we are fabulously wealthy but the fact is that the flight from New York to Sydney is simply too expensive for me to justify," said Captain Watson.

Ironically the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is the smallest and the most under-funded group opposing the seal slaughter. The crew are volunteers. "I wish we were as wealthy as Hearn thinks we are, but no such luck," added Watson.

In authorizing the unlawful boarding of a foreign yacht in international waters, Hearn said, "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."

The question is; what is Hearn protecting the sealers from? The Sea Shepherd crew are armed with cameras. The only threat to the safety of the sealers seems to be from the Canadian government. Hearn sent hundreds of flimsy wooden and aluminum hulled vessels into very treacherous ice conditions and because of Hearn�s incompetence and his political ambitions four sealers are now dead. It was his policies that killed these men and now he is using Sea Shepherd to distract from his incompetence by focusing the anger of the sealers towards hating both the seals and those who defend them and of course the sealers are dumb enough to be easily persuaded.

The Canadian Coast Guard along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Federal Fisheries officers staged an armed boarding of a moving Dutch registered yacht in international waters. This was a dangerous and desperate attack. The Farley Mowat crew did not resist the boarding for fear that some of the Canadian officers would be hurt.

Despite this the Federal boarding party was rude, aggressive and violent. Amber Paarman, 24 of Capetown, South Africa was roughed up and received a blow to the head when she tried to resist being manhandled by a Fisheries Officer. It is not known if any other crew have been injured and the crew are not feeling very safe being under tow by the Canadian Coast Guard who have admitted they lack both a manual and experience in towing vessels in ice.

In seizing the Farley Mowat and arresting the Sea Shepherd crew Loyola Hearn has done something that Sea Shepherd hoped he would do but we did not believe he was stupid enough to do � an unlawful boarding of foreign registered vessel in international waters. With the European Parliament on the brink of voting to ban seal products into the European market, Loyola Hearn decides to arrest Europeans for the "crime" of documenting incidents of cruelty on the ice.

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 and is now shooting ad hominem attacks from the hip and letting his mouth run away with hysterical mutterings that are both incoherent and misleading. Loyola Hearn is certainly the latest Nufie joke and the joke is about to backfire in his face.

We are approaching the end of days for the barbaric and sadistic seal slaughter industry. And Loyola Hearn seems to be the right Minister in the Right place with the right foot in his mouth to assist us in bringing about the day when seals will be left unmolested and unharmed in their nurseries.

http://www.seashepherd.org/news/media_080412_2.html

http://www.seashepherd.org/news/media_080412_1.html

 

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Seal Defenders Attacked!

The Farley Mowat Has Been Illegally Stormed and the Sea Shepherd Crew Assaulted

April 12, 2008

At 0700 Hours (PST) and 0800 Hours Atlantic time the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel Farley Mowat was attacked by officers from two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers the Des Groseilliers and the Sir Wifred Grenfell.

Captain Alex Cornelissen informed the boarders that the Farley Mowat is a Dutch registered ship in international waters and that Canada had no legal right to restrict the free passage of the vessel through international waters.

The ship was in the Gulf of St. Lawrence well beyond the Canadian twelve mile territorial limit.

Captain Paul Watson speaking by phone with Farley Mowat communications officer Shannon Mann and he heard the voices of men screaming for the crew to fall to the floor. The men carried guns according to Mann and could be heard by Captain Watson threatening the Farley Mowat's crew.

As Captain Watson was speaking with Shannon Mann, the Sat-phone went dead and nothing more has been heard from the Sea Shepherd crew.

The Farley Mowat was documenting violations of the humane regulations and gathering proof that the seals were being killed in an inhumane manner.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is assuming that the video tapes will be seized by the Canadian authorities.

There are 17 crewmembers onboard the Dutch registered Farley Mowat from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, South Africa, Canada and the United States.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been cut off from communication with the crew and has no information on where the vessel will be taken. We have no information on the condition of the crew and the Society is deeply concerned that Sea Shepherd crew.

"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."

Captain Paul Watson

Founder and President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (1977-

Co-Founder - The Greenpeace Foundation (1972)

Co-Founder - Greenpeace International (1979)

Director for Greenpeace (1972-1977)

Director of the Sierra Club USA (2003-2006)

Director of the Farley Mowat Institute

Working Partner with the Ecuadorian National Environmental Police and the Galapagos National Park

Master of the M/Y Robert Hunter

Master of the M/Y Steve Irwin

Master of the M/Y Farley Mowat

"Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,

Reckless O soul, exploring, I with thee and thou with me,

For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,

And we risk the ship, ourselves and all"

- Walt Whitman

www.Seashepherd.org

Tel: 360-370-5650

Fax: 360-370-5651

Cell: 310-701-3096

Address: P.O. Box 2616

Friday Harbor, Wa 98250

USA

MySpace Address: myspace.com/captainpaulwatson


SEAL OF DISAPPROVAL

Activists Charged with Interfering in Canadian Seal Hunt

Daily Grist, April 8, 2008

Two members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have been charged with sailing too close to a Canadian vessel while protesting the country's annual seal hunt. Capt. Alexander Cornelissen and First Officer Peter Hammarstedt face a fine of up to nearly $100,000 and a year in prison if convicted. Sea Shepherd sailors say the hunters were the antagonists; Canada's Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans says the Sea Shepherd folk broke a law requiring a license for anyone coming within a half nautical mile of seal hunters. The Sea Shepherds, never popular with seal hunters, have come under even greater criticism than usual after President Paul Watson stated last week that the deaths of thousands of seals is a "greater tragedy" than a boat accident that drowned three hunters.

sources:

Canwest News Service

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=2aff4588-9544-4e22-b449-3d40a0e0e523

The Canadian Press

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ ALeqM5gCEBuO_jep4nJBGKlzfWjJMiByxg


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