(from yesterday's Telegram)
According to Burford Ploughman, former president of the St. John's Board of Trade, anti-sealing groups are in clear violation of the Canadian Competition Act. The Act prohibits any business or organization, including charitable and not-for-profit operations, from using any kind of misleading information to raise money. Well that's certainly the case, they are over in Europe today using white coat seal pup props with "blood" around them to protest something which does not happen, and hence will dupe people into donating to animal rights activist groups.
Ploughman says Consumer Affairs would have to investigate and if they find the animal rights groups' claims cannot be justified, the federal government is obligated to lay charges and any money raised under misleading information or false pretenses ends up being forfeited. He goes on to say, "One case like that would send the rest of them scrambling."
It's too bad this approach has not been investigated before, but better late than never. In the meantime, protestors should really be kept far and away from where sealers work. It isn't easy to recall the last time video footage of how cattle are killed in slaughterhouses was shown.