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Canadian Seal Hunt
The eleven Sea Shepherd Crew members were released earlier
today on their own recognizance (O.R.) with a promise to appear on two charges
-getting too close to the sealers clubbing and shooting the baby seals, and not
having a permit to be on the ice. They are expected back in court in mid April.
The prosecutor asked the judge to set a one thousand dollar bail on each, but
Colin Biroc stated to the judge, we'd rather "DO JAIL" then. . ."PAY BAIL!"
Jerry Vlasak acted as the groups de facto defense attorney and argued against
the bail. The judge stated to Vlasak that the seal hunt is legal in Canada, but
Vlasak pointed out, in a court room filled with Royal Canadian Mounted Police
and Department of Fisheries representatives, that "Slavery was legal at one time
in the USA as well, and so was the holocaust in Germany. People forget that
Hitler was democratically elected and under his governance Death Camps were
legal" he politely told the judge. After one hour of arguments on both sides (Vlasak
making his argument's handcuffed) the judge allowed all ten to be released O.R.
While in custody two of the crew went "on the blanket" meaning they refused to
wear prison uniforms, so they stood buck-naked until the deputies gave them
blankets to wrap around themselves (a bit too much information for us here at
ADL-LA, but needless to say they ROCK!) No major life threatening injuries but a
lot of bruises, aches, pains and a probable broken nose after being assaulted by
They are all currently in Charlottetown trying to get back on board the Sea
Shepherd which is still at sea.
Thanks for everyone's support, concern, e-mails, faxes and most of all your
fighting spirit. The seals are still being killed, but we'll never give up the
fight for all the animals with whom we share this planet . . . . .until they
STOP THE KILLING. Even the judge agreed at the end of the bail hearing saying
that "The protests in eastern Canada will continue every year until the seal
hunt ends for good."