INTRODUCTION: Angry protests against the annual baby seal hunt in Canada are continuing. In Paris,?
INTRODUCTION: Angry protests against the annual baby seal hunt in Canada are continuing. In Paris, French police were called out to protect the Canadian Embassy as crowds carrying placards and banners gathered to condemn the hunt, which began last week. In Canada itself, protesters have gathered at the hunting grounds in Newfoundland to try and disrupt the killings - but they've been having little success.
SYNOPSIS: The Paris demonstrators were adding their own angry protests to those of conservationists and wild-life lovers from all over the world. This year, the Canadian government is allowing 170,000 baby seals to be clubbed to death for their pelts. The hunters themselves are mostly Canadians and Norwegians. The killing season lasts for two or three weeks, until the hunters have fulfilled their quotas. Within the first week, some 50,000 seal pups were killed -- most of them two to three weeks old.
Meanwhile, protesters at the killing grounds were being closely watched by Canadian authorities. A reporter there takes up the story.