A Canadian environmentalist group plans to sabotage the annual hunt for baby seals off Newfoundland by spraying the seals with green dye to save them from the hunters' clubs.
AERIAL V Seal factory-ship
SV seal hunters walking over ice
SV & CU Seal on ice
CU baby seal being clubbed
CU Hunter sharpening knife
GV Adult seal scampering away
CU Baby seal being skinned as other hunters look on (3 shots)
SV Vice president of greenpeace Foundation, Dr. Pat Moore speaking
MOORE: "We know that you have to stay well above the seal herd in the helicopters and we know that you can't land within half a mile of the seal herds. And we will be following all these rules to the tee. We will be landing further than a half a mile from the herds and walking on foot to the seals which is perfectly legal."
DOUGLAS: "Now do you think that by harvesting 127,000 pelts that herd is still not in danger of extinction as Romeo Leblanc has said?"
MOORE: "To the contrary it has been stated for a number of years, as a matter of fact since the 1950's that if the hunt was carried on at the present rate, the species would eventually become extinct. This has been emphasised recently in a National Geographic article in the January edition -- it was written by a Canadian scientist, Dr. Robert Levine -- who has done population studies on the Harp seal and has concluded that unless the commercial hunt is ended, the Harp seal is in danger of extinction."
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The film is serviced with an interview with Dr. Moore by C.B.C. reporter, Matt Douglas. Here is a transcript.
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Background: A Canadian environmentalist group plans to sabotage the annual hunt for baby seals off Newfoundland by spraying the seals with green dye to save them from the hunters' clubs.
The Greenpeace Foundation said the dye would not harm the seals but would make their pelts -- which would normally fetch $500 (GBP250 sterling) each -- valueless.
Fourteen members of the foundation left Vancouver on Tuesday (2 march) for Newfoundland where sealers will soon make their annual spring hunt.
The hunt has caused an outcry among environmentalists for years, mainly because of the methods the hunters use -- clubs instead of bullets, to preserve the pelt.
The Greenpeace members have been warned by the Canadian Fisheries Minister -- Mr. Romeo Leblanc -- not to try to stop the hunt.
Fisheries inspectors will police the seal hunters, and keep a watch for any interference.
Greenpeace Foundation vice-president, Dr. pat Moore, warned before the group left for Newfoundland that the Harp seal would become extinct if the hunts continued.
The Canadian government has set a limit of 127,000 seals to be taken in the hunt.