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Call off the Butcher from Newfoundland

Some of you may have received this e-mail from Captain Watson already. If you haven't, please write to Prime Minister Harper at this address: pm@pm.gc.ca and request that the seal hunt be cancelled, before there are no more seals left.

Regards, Earle

-------Original Message-------

From: Paul Watson Date: 3/20/2007 3:38:13 PM
Subject: Call off the Butcher from Newfoundland - Sea Shepherd Demands that DFO Be Responsible

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is demanding that Canadian Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn takes a responsible position on the Gulf of St. Lawrence harp seal hunt for 2007.

“If Canada goes ahead with the seal hunt this spring, it will be a gross and wilful crime against nature, science and the Canadian people.” Said Captain Paul Watson. “Loyola Hearn must decide if he is Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans or Newfoundland’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. So far he has been speaking only for Newfoundlanders, not Canadians.”

The Ice conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are the worst in recorded Canadian history. There is very little ice and that means that many seal pups have been born and lost in the water or survived only a few days on rotting ice pans. To go in and slaughter the survivors from this tragedy is simply irresponsible.

This is very much a conservation issue and the Minister has been ignoring science and the interests of conservation of the harp seal species in order to appease a small handful of Newfoundland sealers.

“If the Minister goes ahead and allocates a quota, he will be known to future generations as the “Butcher from Newfoundland who destroyed the seals,” said Captain Paul Watson.

The very fact that the Minister has not announced a quota for the harp seals is testament to the fact that the Minister and DFO have no idea what they are doing with regard to the seals. Never before has a quota decision not been announced before March 15th.

“It appears that the Minister is between a rock and a hard place,” said Captain Watson. “He wants to kill seals but there are few seals to kill and he has no idea what the numbers are. This is not a responsible position, it is reflective of a government ministry that is incompetent and has no business managing resources.”

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 of the Sierra Club USA (2003-2006) Director - The Farley Mowat Institute Director - http://www.harpseals.org

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