Tuesday, 1 April 2008

No joke

Every year in Canada, up to 5,000 fishermen break through the ice-encrusted Gulf of St Lawrence for a five-day-long commercial seal slaughter. Every year helicopters carrying press and anti-hunt campaigners circle overhead to collect footage. But this year the skies have been unusually silent: the Canadian authorities and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are severely restricting access for observers. Mark Glover, director of England-based charity Respect for Animals as well as UK director of America's Humane Society, talks to us from Nova Scotia about what he believes is a national cover up

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