MONTREAL, Quebec — The Humane Society International of Canada informs through a press release that they will give a $1000 reward in exchange of information that leads to the conviction of those that killed more than 50 grey seals in Prince Edward Island earlier this week. The necropsies of the seals were conducted by the Atlantic Veterinary College. Dr. Pierre Yves Daoust, professor of Anatomic Pathology and Wildlife Pathology, confirms that the seals had severely fractured skulls, and that there is a strong likelihood the seals were bludgeoned.
“It is devastating that these nursing pups and mother seals were beaten in this brutal fashion and left to suffer in agony,” said Rebecca Aldworth, Executive Director of Humane Society International/Canada. “This is criminal cruelty, and the people responsible need to be identified and brought to justice. Humane Society International Canada calls on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the local law enforcement to conduct a rigorous investigation, and we hope our reward will help inspire people to come forward with information.”
The discovery of the grotesque scene was discovered by students from the Charlottetown based Atlantic Veterinary College. Some of the seals were still agonizing when found. HSI Canada informs that the victims were young pups and adult seals and states that veterinary experts confirm the deaths were likely human caused, and witnesses indicate that they had euthanize several wounded pups upon arrival at the scene.
The Marine Mammal Regulations under the Fisheries Act makes it an offense to interfere with marine mammals including seals without lawful authority, while Canada’s Criminal Code forbids causing needless suffering to animals.
Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. Those with information on the case can send their reports to email@example.com.
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