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June 17, 2013

HSI/Canada $5,000 Reward Leads to the Conviction in Seal Beatings

Sentencing today

Humane Society International/Canada

  • HSI hopes that the sentencing in this case will fully reflect the seriousness of the offense. HSI

MONTREAL — Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada, issued the following statement regarding the $5,000 reward that has been paid by HSI/Canada to a local resident of Prince Edward Island, who provided information leading to the arrest of three persons responsible for the vicious killings of more than 50 grey seals on P.E.I. in Jan. 2013:

“Months ago, three individuals viciously beat 50 nursing grey seal pups and their mothers to death on a beach in P.E.I. We are so pleased that our $5,000 reward helped to bring these people to justice.

Scientific studies tell us that there is a direct link between animal cruelty and violence against people. For the sake of both the seals and the broader community, it is our hope that the sentencing in this case will fully reflect the seriousness of the offense.

It is for good reason that Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations make it an offence to interfere with seals without lawful authority, while our Criminal Code forbids causing needless suffering to animals. It is our hope that these considerations are at the forefront of the sentencing decision.”

Background:

  • Students from the Charlottetown based Atlantic Veterinary College found the dead and dying grey seals on January 25th on a PEI beach. The abused animals included both young pups and adult seals.
  • On Feb. 1, Pierre Yves Daoust of the Atlantic Veterinary College confirmed that necropsies revealed the seals had severely fractured skulls.
  • On Feb. 1, Humane Society International/Canada offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the persons responsible for the seal killings.
  • Thanks to contributions from people in PEI, other parts of Canada, and the United States, HSI Canada was able to increase the reward amount on Feb. 5 to $5,000.
  • On Feb. 19, The RCMP charged three teenage boys, aged 15, 17 and 18 with causing unnecessary suffering to animals in the seal killings.
  • The three individuals pled guilty to the charges weeks later, and HSI Canada paid the $5,000 reward to the individual who helped identify the offenders.

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Media Contact: Dean Pogas, 514.395.2914, dpogas@humanesociety.org

Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI/Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than eleven million members and constituents globally—on the Web at hsicanada.ca.

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