Rebecca Aldworth of H$U$, taking advantage of a film shoot rather then put this poor critter out of iot's mercy. It would have been more kind to let the seal slip underr the ice and drown then what Rebbecca and her crew of self righteous money hungry facists did. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yds5Ga029MFrom an observer who was with H$U$ at the time and decided they weren't knights in shinning armor but carpet baggers who always arrive at the smell of money. The film as described by Raoul Jomphe really shows Rebecca grinning from ear to ear while describing the cruel seal hunt even as they caused more suffering and threw the seal on it's back to continue film and ENSURING no escape for the seal.
This video show an excerpt taken from the documentary Phoque, le film, and part of an interview with the filmmaker. He went with seal hunters and animal rights activists, taking the pulse of their reality and methods.
This scene is the truth behind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhVUNKR6-7A
They filmed the suffering seal for 40 minutes. It tried to escape, terrified. They yanked it out the water so it could serve HSUS's purpose for another 40 minutes, until a sealer came and put it out of their misery (Rebecca Aldworth later claims they wanted to save it; not what I see in the HSUS crew's handlig of the seal. They knew they had been filmed... They sent top lawyers to get to stop Radio-Canada from airing the documentary.
The seal was wounded by a gun shot. Guns are used since the animal rights activists have tried to ban the hakapik, which, although it means a kill at point blank, gives a quick death
. The seal's skull is very thin, so the brain is smashed and any following movement is random nerve firing. This hunt is much more humane than any slaughterhouse operation.
HSUS won an award for their video. If only people knew... Who, really, uses seals for questionable purposes, I wonder?
***April 30, 2009: English translation:
Narration: ... but while she was addressing her message to the camera, the seal escaped to the water, probably terrified by these humans taking advantage of its agony. Instead of being putt out of its misery, which would have been the compassionate thing to do, or left alone to die in peace, it was taken out of the water under the pretence of saving it. It therefore continued to agonize for a photo session that lasted a further 40 minutes, until a hunter came and put an end to its suffering.
Lepage (interviewer 0m52s): We dont like this...
Jomphe (0m54s): I was very happy that Radio-Canada had the courage to air this despite the legal manoeuvres around this very scene, they wanted to prevent us... they put the most powerful lawyers from the U.S., and probably from Canada as well...
Turcotte (1m12s): they are powerful, these anti-hunting committees, they are strong...?
Jomphe (1m17s): Yes, they are called animalistes [animal-welfare], a term coined [in French] by M. Louis-Gilles
Francoeur [note: environmental issues journalist for Montreal newspaper Le Devoir] to make the difference between an environmentalist and an animaliste, which are animal protection extremists, they anthropomorphise and suggest that the animal is more important than humans. Whereas I looked at the topic from an ecological standpoint.