• Short Summary

    THE CANADIAN MINISTER OF FISHERIES, MR H.J. ROBICHAUD, ISSUED A STATEMENT ON SATURDAY CRITICISING "INACCURATE?

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    THE CANADIAN MINISTER OF FISHERIES, MR H.J. ROBICHAUD, ISSUED A STATEMENT ON SATURDAY CRITICISING "INACCURATE REPORTS AND WRONG CONCLUSIONS" DRAWN BY "VARIOUS PEOPLE" WHO ATTENDED THE RECENT SEAL HUNT IN THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE. AMONG THE ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETIES CLAIMING THAT THE SEALS WERE CLUBBED TO DEATH INHUMANELY AND OFTEN SKINNED ALIVE IS THE ANIMAL DEFENCE SOCIETY IN LONDON, WHICH SUPPLIED THIS FILM SHOT DURING THE HUNT.

    IN A COMMENTARY ON THE FILM DURING A RECENT SCREENING FOR MEMBERS OF THE LONDON PRESS, THE SECRETARY OF CANADA'S NEW BURNSWICK SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS, MR B.DAVIES SAID THERE WAS EVIDENCE OF BABY SEALS BEING SKINNED ALIVE. HE SAID POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION BY VETINARY SURGEONS SHOWED THAT OF 100 BABY SEALS THEY EXAMINED, 37 WERE SKINNED WHILE STILL BREATHING.

    THE FILM IS BEING SHOWN TO ANIMAL SOCIETIES THROUGHOUT EUROPE TO STIMULATE SUPPORT TO BAN SEAL HUNTING. ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETIES ARE URGING WOMEN NOT TO BUY SEAL FUR COATS, AND SO FORCE SEAL HUNTERS OUT OF BUSINESS. MR DAVIES SAID 86,500 YOUNG SEALS WERE "MASSACRED" IN THE GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE LAST YEAR, AND THAT MILLIONS OF CANADIANS WANTED THE AREA MADE A SANCTUARY FOR SEALS INSTEAD OF "A RENDEZVOUS FOR MASS SLAUGHTER."
    AFTER COMPLAINTS LAST YEAR THAT SEALS WERE BEING SKINNED ALIVE, THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED NEW REGULATIONS REQUIRING THE USE OF HARDWOOD CLUBS UP TO 30 INCHES (76 CMS) LONG FOR KILLING SEALS. MR ROBICHAUD'S STATEMENT SAID THIS SEASON'S HUNT HAD BEEN CAREFULLY POLICED AND THAT MEMBERS OF FIVE ANIMAL HUMANE SOCIETIES WHO ATTENDED THE HUNT AS OFFICIAL OBSERVERS, REPORTED THAT "EVIDENCE OF CRUELTY WAS MINIMAL COMPARED WITH 1966".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAADP2WY2WGIQ6CVFHB04K90NXF
    Media URN:
    VLVAADP2WY2WGIQ6CVFHB04K90NXF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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