INTRODUCTION: More than 300 people demonstrated outside the Canadian and Norwegian embassies in Paris on Saturday (14 March) against the annual hunt of baby seals which began last week off southern Labrador.
GV EXTERIOR Banner-carrying crowd marching and chanting through Paris street.
SV Demonstrators, some in white, red-stained costumes, marching.
GV Crowd opposite Canadian Embassy.
CU Photograph of baby seal PULL BACK TO entire poster.
LV Protestors leaving Embassy building and CU Embassy plaque. (2 SHOTS)
SV Police near Norwegian Embassy.
SV People in red-daubed white costumes holding placards.
SV Protestors lying on ground posing as dead seals while man clubs them. (2 SHOTS)
SV Man continuing mine of clubbing as seal imitators shriek.
CU People dressed as bloody seals holding 'massacre' sign. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: More than 300 people demonstrated outside the Canadian and Norwegian embassies in Paris on Saturday (14 March) against the annual hunt of baby seals which began last week off southern Labrador. French and international ecology and animal protection groups organised the protest.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrators carried banners calling on the Canadian authorities to ban seal hunting. Crews from seven Canadian and three Norwegian ships are involved in the cull of harp seal pups on ice floes.
The hunters had killed and skinned almost 10,000 baby seals in the first two days of their cull, according to an officer of the Canadian Federal Fisheries. Here in Paris, a delegation handed a protest note and signed petition to a Canadian Embassy official.
Police were guarding the Norwegian Embassy. This year, Canadian ships have a allocation of 55,000 harp seals, while the Norwegian quota is 22,500. Protestors mined the manner of killing the seals -- beating them on the head -- which is one of the major objections to the cull.
There was a brief skirmish with police in Paris, and, on the same day in Holland around 250 people held a similar demonstration at the Hague.