Mark Glover of Respect for Animals faces a $100,000 fine for "breaching" a seal exclusion zone.
Mr Glover said: "The Canadians were getting fed-up with the level of cruelty we were filming."
He added: "The word went out and we were all arrested. The regulations are very straightforward, you cannot go within 10 metres of sealers killing seals.
"There was no reason for us to be within 10 metres and we weren't."
Hmmm. Seems more like a seal slaughter zone that they were excluding them from.
Here is the website for Respect for Animals.
Frankly, I don't know why they still do this. Canada has always been more liberal then the US in many ways, but seems to lag behind on environmental issues (and I don't say that the US has a particularly good record either).
I suppose I expected their more enlightened views on issues like guns, gay rights, and other issues to spill over into areas like environmental protection.
OK, I'm generalizing. BC is as different from Newfoundland as Washington State is from Georgia. Then again...
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