Activists, coast guard clash over seal hunt


The Farley Mowat, owned by The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Des Groseilliers are shown in this handout photo on Sunday March 30, 2008. (Sea Shepherd Society / THE CANADIAN PRESS)


Always a tense time in Atlantic Canada, this year's seal hunt has proved no exception, with a conservation group clashing with the Canadian Coast Guard in the Gulf of St. Lawrence just three days into the annual seal hunt.

On Sunday, the coast guard icebreaker Des Groseilliers collided with the Farley Mowat, a ship owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon warned the militant group earlier in the month that the ship was believed to be in contravention of international maritime laws and should not enter Canadian waters.

Militant Group?


But the ship came anyway, with the society claiming the Farley Mowat is a registered yacht and not subject to the same laws as commercial vessels.

On Monday, the activists' ship and the coast guard reported different versions of the same incident.

The conservation group claimed its ship was rammed twice by the 98-metre icebreaker, but a spokesperson for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans told The Canadian Press the Farley Mowat actually "grazed" the icebreaker twice.

Yeah, um... since when do the Coast Guard ram ships? Last I checked, they'd usually board with firearms and arrest the whole lot.


Allegations that the Farley Mowat was rammed are "absolutely false," said DFO spokesperson Phil Jenkins.

"We completely reject these allegations -- they are fiction,'' Jenkins told The Canadian Press from Charlottetown. "The Farley Mowat approached the Des Groseilliers and brushed up against the side of the vessel."

But the Sea Shepherd Society claims the ship was told to stay away from the area where seals were being hunted, and when they failed to comply, the ship was rammed.

If that is true, then Good.... serves them right... next time listen.


"It rammed the stern end of the Farley Mowat and when the Farley Mowat was stopped, it came back and hit them again,'' Paul Watson, head of the society, told CP from Los Angeles. "It was twice so it was intentional."

A news release from the organization described the coast guard's behaviour as "reckless."

"The coast guard has demonstrated extreme recklessness with this move. The crew of the Farley Mowat were engaged in documenting the slaughter of seals. They were not interfering with the hunt."

Hmmm.... you are told to not come. You come anyways. You're told to stay away from the hunting area.... you go anyways. Noooo.... Not interfering at all. Our coast guard should have torpedoes for animal wing nuts such as these people. They want to help the animals, they can sink to the bottom of the ocean and be fish food..... of course that's just me.


The news release vowed the Farley Mowat will remain in the region to continue documenting the seal hunt.

The incident came one day after four sealers were killed on Saturday, when their ship rolled over while being towed by a coast guard icebreaker.

Two sealers were above deck at the time and were rescued, but four were sleeping below decks. Three were found dead in the ship, while the fourth was never recovered.

Transport Canada is investigating the incident.

Oh well.. the Coast Guard has the right of way imo.... they're there to protect our coast lines and protect/rescue the seal hunters if and when they need. These guys are not hunters and I bet you that if they got into the hunting area, they'd cause all kinds of chat noir. The Coast Guard is there to monitor the hunt and keep things safe... we don't need nut jobs like these people or Sir Paul to do it for us.
A yacht? LOL.
Stretch you G'Damn F'in spammer, you already created two threads that I see with this same crap, and now you throw this BS in this thread?

Can someone delete this crap as it doesn't even relate to the original topic at all, nor was there even a remote addition of information to make it relate.

You want to debate the seal hunt, do it in one of the two identical threads you just created and stop wasting our time.

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