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From 3 April 2005 Issue

Sea Shepherd Crew Attacked By Sealers
From Pamelyn Ferdin - pamelyn@pamelynferdin.com

[Thurs, March 31] Eleven Sea Shepherd Crew went on to the ice floes this morning to film and try and document the seal hunt. The sealers then came on to the ice from their ships and "rushed" the crew and tried to rip the camera's from their hands. Dr. Jerry Vlasak got in front of the videographer to save the footage and was punched in the face by a sealer and then cold-cocked by another, but this prevented the Sealers from taking the camera away from Jonny Vasic who was filming. Another Crew member was hit by a "hac-a-pick" and two female crew members were punched in the stomach (the smaller of the two repeatedly.) There are as of this moment six crew members who have been injured and their blood was seen on the ice.

As the crew tried to get back to the Farley Mowat (the crew were ALL unarmed except for video camera's) the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen got between the crew and the Farley Mowat preventing many of the crew from getting back to the Farley Mowat. As the eleven tried to get back to their ship, a helicopter landed and arrested the eleven including the injured Dr. Jerry Vlasak, Lisa Moises, Lisa Shalom, John Batchelor, Adrian Haley and Ian Robichaud. Some of the crew got back to the Farley Mowat and they have footage of everything that happened. Captain Paul Watson and his ship is surrounded by Coast Guard Ships and Sealing Ships, he is trying to get the footage to the mainland. Apparently some of the eleven arrested were hit with clubs, hac-a-picks, clubs and fists.

No one knows where they are being taken but as blood spurted from Dr. Vlasak's nose and he was taken aboard the helicopter, he put his fist in the air as a sign of never backing down.

Neither HSUS nor IFAW have crew on the ground. They are there with helicopters overhead, but no one but the Sea Shepherd crew have taken to the ice floes.

Now is the time for YOU to do jail support and let the embassy and consul's know that you, your family and friends will be boycotting ALL exports from Canada and you will NEVER travel on Canadian airlines until the stop this BRUTAL SLAUGHTER of the seals. TELL THEM TO RELEASE THE CREW IMMEDIATELY TO GET MEDICAL ATTENTION-THE WORLD IS WATCHING.

CALL EVERY FIVE MINUTES, FAX EVERY FIVE MINUTES, TIE UP ALL THEIR PHONE AND FAX LINES. DO IT FOR THE SEALS AND THOSE WHO HAVE TRIED TO SAVE THEM.

Canadian Embassy
Washington, D.C.
The Embassy of Canada
501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
20001-2114, USA
Tel: (202) 682-1740, Fax: (202) 682-7619
e-mail: webmaster@canadianembassy.org 

Call 202 682-1740 (Ask for Ambassador Frank McKenna)
202 682-7701 General Fax
Ambassador Frank McKenna: Fax 202 682-7678

New York
Consulate General of Canada
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY
10020-1175, USA
Tel: (212) 596-1628, Fax: (212) 596-1793
e-mail: cngny-td@international.gc.ca 

Los Angeles
Consulate General of Canada
550 South Hope Street, 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA
90071-2627, USA
Tel: (213) 346-2700, Fax: (213) 346-2767
e-mail: lngls-td@international.gc.ca

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