of the INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE FOR ANIMAL
in the case of the massacre of arctic seals
The Canadian Government, represented by the Prime Minister, Paul Martin; Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries; Stéphane Dion, Minister of the Environment;
- aiding and abetting and encouraging the annual massacre of seals on the Canadian ice
fields, a massacre devoid of any rational justification and condemned by the majority of the Canadian people.
- major responsibility in the torture and elimination of hundreds of thousands of seals every year
- the plundering of a living heritage which belongs to the whole world
- encouraging the violence and killing frenzy of a small blood-thirsty minority
- complicity in the skinning of thousands of seals while still alive
- violating the Canadian Fisheries Law by tolerating the killing of seals under 12 days old (Whitecoats and Bluebacks)
Based on today’s hearing of witnesses and examination of the evidence, the International Court of Justice for Animal Rights, represented by 9 members of the jury and three judges, hereby declares
The Canadian Authorities guilty on all the above detailed Counts.
In view of the testimonies heard and the evidence submitted, the Court finds the Canadian prime Minister, the Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Minister of the Environment, guilty of promoting massacres shocking not only by their excessiveness and enormous waste of living creatures, but also by their cruelty which pushes Canada out of socially accepted realms by the fault of a sadistically orientated minority.
The Court appeals to the Canadian Government to put an immediate stop to this immoral and dishonourable hunt.
The Court appeals to the European Union to implement an import ban on all products stemming from the Canadian seal hunt.
The Court calls upon citizens of all countries to boycott Canadian products of any nature whatsoever and to avoid Canada as a tourist venue for as long as the massacre of seals is not prohibited.
The Court appeals to the Plenary-Assembly of the United Nations that Article 3 of the General Treaty on Human Rights which guarantees every human being the ‘Right to Life, Freedom and Security’ be complemented by an Article 3a: “Sentient non-human beings have a right to life and wellfare. No per-son has the right to kill these living beings without a defendable reason, nor to harm them or cause them pain or damage”.
Furthermore the Court has decided to send a delegation of observers to the Canadian ice fields at the end of February/beginning of March 2006 for the purpose of examining the then prevailing situation. In order to carry out this essential visit, the Court requests of the Canadian Government the lifting of the now existing ban on information and observation.
The complete, substantiated verdict will be sent to the convicted parties, to both the Commission and the Parliament of the European Union, to the European Council, to the UN and to UNESCO.
Geneva, 5th December 2005
The International Court of Justice for Animal Rights
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SEAL HUNT :
attack by Brigitte Bardot and Franz Weber
in a memorable fight in the late seventies, which lead to a 12
years‘ stop of the commercial seal hunt (from 1983 to 1995) ,
Franz Weber and Brigitte Bardot are launching a new attack against
at a time when the quotas for the next seal hunting season are
start signal of their new world campaign will be given at an
important public hearing before the INTERNATIONAL
COURT OF JUSTICE FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS on December 5th
in Geneva, Switzerland, at the C.I.C.G. Centre International de
Conférences de Genève, 15 rue de Varembé. More than 40 humane
and Overseas are parties to the conference.
her vibrant speech for the prosecution, Brigitte Bardot, as
main complainant, will denounce the barbarity of the yearly massacre of
arctic seals and the irresponsibility of those mainly responsible
for this crime against the animal world. Bardot is supported in
her accusation by a petition signed by 200'000 citizens from all
over the world, among which are the names of famous artists and
other public personalities. The 200'000 signatures will be
received by the Court in a solemn act during procedures and
transferred to the General Secretary of the UN, Kofi Annan.
Animal Court of Justice is an expression of the universal
conscience », says Franz Weber who will preside the hearing
of the 5th December, assisted by two more judges from
are the Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, the Canadian Minister
of Fisheries and Oceans Geoff Regan and the Canadian Minister of
Environment Stephan Dion. An international jury of 9 members will
pronounce the verdict.
will testify and present their film and video evidence. Experts in
veterinary medecine will be heard. Members of the European
Parliament will attend the hearing as observers.
has to be recalled that these last three years alone one million
seals have been the victims of a massacre which according to
experts is devoid of any rational justification and the brutality
and sadism of which are a disgrace to the image of
public trial starts at
.m. and ends at 4 p.m. (16 h) by the verdict. For Brigitte Bardot
and Franz Weber it is the starting point of a new ruthless battle
against the seal hunt.
30th November 2005
1979 Franz Weber brought the United Animal Nations – UAN into
being, an international organisation modelled upon the United
Nations, an organisation which, today, has 120 affiliated member
organisations in the whole world. A mainstay of the UAN is the
International Court of Justice for Animal Rights, whose purpose is
to denounce serious abuses against the animal world and to see
that perpetrators are called to justice – if need be up to
ministerial or governmental level. Court proceedings take place
in the presence of the international media, under the auspices of
well known legal representatives and experts.
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footage is upsetting, but sometimes we need to see it to get
passionate enough to try and stop it.
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DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST THE CANADIAN SEAL SLAUGHTER GREAT
Thousands of people
around the world representing numerous environmental and animal
organizations held an unified worldwide protest on, Tuesday, March
15th, to end the largest single mass slaughter of mammals
anywhere in the world – the brutal killing of 325,000 harp seals
And this protest continues:
As part of Sea Shepherd’s campaign
strategy, protests are an integral part of the campaign to generate
public awareness and to
bring international pressure to bear on the Canadian government to
end this horrific slaughter. To find out the details about a
protest near you, click on the city links below or go to our Worldwide
To read more about Sea Shepherds campaign, including details
on the only conservation vessel headed for the ice, visit our Seal
about the seal hunt:
The Canadian harp
seal hunt is the largest
single mass slaughter of mammals anywhere in the
It is grossly
inhumane. Credible witnesses, including Sea
Shepherd volunteers, have seen seals skinned alive and tortured.
These incidents have been documented and sealers themselves have
bragged and written about how much fun it is to torture a seal.
A postmortem survey concluded that 42% of the slaughtered seal
pups were skinned alive.
It is an incredibly
wasteful hunt. Canadian author and naturalist,
Farley Mowat, estimates that for every seal landed, another is
shot and lost under the ice, not to be included in the quota.
It is a slaughter
done almost entirely for vanity
and luxury and therefore unnecessary.
95% of the seals
killed are newborn
seal pups less than three weeks old and they are killed in front
of their mothers.
At the protests there
will be informational brochures to distribute about the seal
slaughter, a petition for individuals to sign, and information about
the boycott on Canadian seafood. Please mobilize your
families, friends, and
colleagues to participate in this Worldwide Protest. It’s a
great way to join like-minded individuals – thousands of them
around the world – and show your concern for our oceans. Please
pass this information to anyone who might be interested.
AGAINST WWF POLICY CONCERNING SEALHUNTING
Many organisations such as the Animal Protection, ECOTERRA, ECOP,
Greenpeace, Wildlife Protection, the WSPA and IFAW reject with
determination the standpoint of the WWF concerning sealhunting..
The claim of the WWF as if they only stand for species protection
and not to protect the individual animals, does not justify their
active support to the slaughter of the harp and hooded seals.
Given the fact that the WWF maintains their policy as having
“other priorities” , appears to be remarkable as they now are
actively involved in justifying the sealhunt.
Please send a protest email to the WWF Canada : firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMPLE LETTER :
World Wildlife Fund
Dear Mr. Hummel,
I find it bewildering that WWF Canada agrees with the clubbing to death of over one million harp seals and the hooded seals at
the Eastern Canadian coast in the next 3 years. WWF worker Dr. Robert Rengeley states that the seal is not threatened with
extinction and therefore he finds hunting them no problem. I find this most
Despite years of international protests against the hunt for young
seals, this hunt has only been increasing in the last years. 95% of the killed seals vary in the age of 14 days and a
year. The heads of the harp seals and hooded seals are crushed by beating them with clubs or butt ends of guns.
Often, these creatures are skinned while still in convulsion. The mother seals can do nothing but watch
defencelessly. In 2001, an independent team of veterinarians found that 42% of the
seals is skinned alive. The government usually determines yearly the maximum number of seals to kill. For several years this
number has been around 275,000. For the first time, the Canadian government set the quota for three years to come (at
350,000 a year). With this agreement, Canada basically chooses to liberalise the hunt. Also, Canada knows itself supported in
this by your organistion.
The Canadian government allows this gruesome hunt, under the pretext of it being good for the cod fish population and
there being enough seals to justify a harvest .. The hunt for
seals is primarily for the fur industry.
Besides that the penises of the seals are sold for producing love
When estimating the quota, Canada does not weigh that Greenland hunts the same population (about 100,000 a
year!). That the number of killed seals is eventually twice as high, is a
known fact. The official figures (on which policy is made) don`t tell about the clubbed or shot seals that got away and
the seals that are caught in fisher nets accidentally.
Your organistion says it has other priorities than the seal hunt.
My question however is: why does your organisation support it?
I am really upset by this and I expect you to do everything you can to change this point of
Please inform me about this personally.
I look forward to your reply to my questions.
he shows his true face: Lapointe, the former CITES egghead, cause
and master of many scandals finds his bread now officially with
those, who already
paid him before - the butchers of wild life.
Send your disgust to: email@example.com
and support: www.seashepherd.org/seals/seals.html
Switzerland, 10 March 2005
Dear Friend of
This is not an
appeal for money, but an appeal in favor of the Canadian
Sealers and Fishermen.
We, at IWMC World
Conservation Trust, hope you will add the endorsement of your
organization to those that are joining a Sustainable Use Coalition
to support the Canadian Sealers and Fishermen and the Canadian
Government, in their struggle against the anti-sealing protest
We need to create a
coalition to inform
the world that the Canadian harp seal harvest is being conducted in
a professional, scientifically justified, and humane manner with
adequate supervision and for good reasons. Animal rights
organizations routinely misrepresent the seal fishery because it is
profitable to do so. They libel good fishermen and make
offensive and completely false claims about the hunt. It is
time that the injustices of this radical movement are brought to an
Radical animal rights
and extremist organizations have now joined in a cooperative network
of activists who are planning to harass Canadian embassies and
consulate offices (47 according to their website) in several
countries (22 according to their website). Activists plan
demonstrations, marches, and other events aimed at attracting press
coverage in a number of large cities from March 12 through March 15.
While protesters claim that their goal is to “stop the hunt to
save the seals”, their ultimate aim is to raise the profile of
protest in order to bully governments into making poor management
choices for people and the environment. Their admitted tactics:
build up a world wide boycott of Canadian fish products and
embarrass Canada as much as possible.
In addition to the
damage that could be done to the Canadian economy, this vicious and
unjustified campaign against the harvest of harp seals is
potentially harmful to all wildlife management sectors, because each
time protesters gain any support, they strike a blow to science and
to the human rights of those who make their living from the land and
the sea. Just go to their website, “Harpseals.org”,
and you will realize the viciousness, and the magnitude of the
dangers raised by this campaign, if left unopposed. It is a power
play that must be defeated as thoroughly and as quickly as
Please join the
Coalition to support Canada and Canadians in this matter.
In Canadian newspapers,
the HSUS spokesperson, a Rebecca Aldworth, was quoted as saying
“it is war, the seal war”. The only way to have a war is to have
two armies. Let’s build up our own coalition to combat
eco-terrorism. We need to add your name to the coalition in order to
make it effective. This coalition is a communication and
networking group aiming at the seal issue only. It does
not replace your regular organization or any groups you communicate
with or participate in.
we shall identify the organizations, members of the coalition, and
provide factual information on the seal hunt and on the
organizations opposing it. We
hope you will contact us immediately (urgently) with
permission to add the name of your organization to the list of those
supporting the coalition and defending the rights of those who
subsistance depends on the sustainable use of our natural resources.
Send your approval/authorization
IWMC World Conservation Trust
(Former Secretary General of CITES 1982-1990)
ECOTERRA Intl. condems the disgusting campaign by IWMC, an
organization, which even misuses the words Conservation and Trust.
ECOTERRA Intl. and all its members support the global alliance
the killing of seals.
Re illegal killing
of sea lions in Peru, perhaps the Peruvian Government should be aware they may be slaughtering one of the
most intelligent sea animals on the planet (according to human
standards of intelligence such as long term memory).
Sea lion scores top for memory
19:00 23 October 02
Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition
California sea lions may have the best memory of all non-human creatures. A female called Rio that learned a trick involving
letters and numbers could still perform it 10 years later - even though
she hadn't performed the trick in the intervening period.
Learning concepts such as "sameness" - when one letter
or number matches another, for example - is thought to require sophisticated brain processing. So scientists expect animals to have trouble retaining
the ability over long periods unless they are given repeated reminders
of the rules.
Primates like the rhesus macaque have been found to have
impressive long-term memories, but Rio trumped them all.
Colleen Kastak and Ronald Schusterman, marine biologists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, began training her in 1991.
They started by holding up a card with a number or letter on. Rio was
then shown a card bearing the same symbol and another card with a
different symbol. If she picked the matching symbol, she was rewarded with a
In 2001, the researchers tested Rio again, this time using numbers
and letters not used in the previous test. She was just as good at the
test as before. Although her 10 year performance is unequalled by any
other species, no animal apart from Rio has been tested after such a
Because the symbols used were different this time, it proved Rio
had remembered and was capable of applying the concept of "sameness"
to new situations, rather than just recalling matches between familiar
numbers and letters.
In a second test, the researchers taught Rio to distinguish
between numbers and letters. They showed her two cards at a time, one of a letter and the other, a number from a set of 10 letters and
numbers. When she picked numbers she got a fish. When tested a year later, Kastak and Schusterman found Rio
remembered how to separate the symbols into letters and numbers. Kastak says
their impressive memory could help sea lions recognise different
categories of prey that are only present at certain times of the year.
Journal reference: Animal Cognition (DOI: