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05.12.2005

VERDICT

of the
INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS

in the case of the massacre of arctic seals

versus

The Canadian Government, represented by the Prime Minister, Paul Martin; Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries; Stéphane Dion, Minister of the Environment;

accused of

- 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

Vera Weber
Fondation Franz Weber
1820 Montreux
Switzerland
Tél. +41 (0) 21 964 42 84
Fax +41 (0) 21 964 57 36
Mobile: Tél. +41 (0) 79 210 54 04

 

30.11.2005

CANADIAN SEAL HUNT :

 

New attack by Brigitte Bardot and Franz Weber

 

United 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 Canada at a time when the quotas for the next seal hunting season are being set.

 

The 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 NGOs from Europe and Overseas are parties to the conference.

 

In 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.

 

« The 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 France and Germany .

 

Accused 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.

 

Eye witnesses from Great Britain , Ireland and Belgium 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.

 

It 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 Canada .

 

The public trial starts at 9.30 a .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.

 

 

Montreux, 30th November 2005

 

FONDATION FRANZ WEBER 

 

In 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 annually in Geneva in the presence of the international media, under the auspices of well known legal representatives and experts.

 

www.ffw.ch

 

Vera Weber
Fondation Franz Weber
1820 Montreux
Switzerland
Tél. +41 (0) 21 964 42 84
Fax +41 (0) 21 964 57 36
Mobile: Tél. +41 (0) 79 210 54 04

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31.03.2005

HELP!

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This footage is upsetting, but sometimes we need to see it to get passionate enough to try and stop it.

 

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WORLDWIDE DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST THE CANADIAN SEAL SLAUGHTER  GREAT SUCCESS

 

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 in Canada .

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 Protest page.  To read more about Sea Shepherds campaign, including details on the only conservation vessel headed for the ice, visit our Seal Campaign pages.

 

Facts about the seal hunt:

  • The Canadian harp seal hunt is the largest single mass slaughter of mammals anywhere in the world.

  • 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.

http://www.seashepard.org

 

GREAT OPPOSITION 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 : mhummel@wwfcanada.org 


SAMPLE LETTER :

World Wildlife Fund Canada

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 revolting.

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 potions.

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 view.

Please inform me about this personally.
I look forward to your reply to my questions.

Kind regards,

Name

Country

E-mail

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10.03.2005

Eugene LAPOINTE

Here 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: iwmc@iwmc.org

and support: www.seashepherd.org/seals/seals.html

Subject: Seal War
Switzerland, 10 March 2005

http://www.iwmc.org/seals/050311e.htm

Dear Friend of Sustainable Use,

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 industry.

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 end.

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 possible

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.

Whenever communicating, 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 to iwmc@iwmc.org

Sincerely yours,

Eugene Lapointe, President
IWMC World Conservation Trust
(Former Secretary General of CITES 1982-1990)

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23.10.2002

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 against
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 fish. 


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 long gap. 


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: 10.1007/s10071-002-0153-8 

James Randerson