Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Three Nova Scotia Fishermen Charged after Video Posted Showing Abuse of Seal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Three Nova Scotia Fishermen Charged after Video Posted Showing Abuse of Seal

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Three charged in seal abuse seen on video

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YARMOUTH, N.S. - Three Nova Scotia fishermen face charges for the alleged mistreatment of a seal that was caught on video and posted to social media, says the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Doug Wentzell, the department's regional director of fisheries management, said the charges were laid after officials were alerted this week to a video showing alleged mistreatment of a seal aboard a vessel off Yarmouth, N.S.

"Fishery officers were alerted by various members of the community," said Wentzell. "They used that information as well as the results of their investigation to lay the charges."

Wentzell said charges were filed against three people Wednesday in Yarmouth court, "with respect to alleged illegal behaviour related to the treatment of a seal."

Wentzell wouldn't discuss the contents of the video because the case is now in the court system.

The video was taken down off Facebook, but can still be found on the CBC web site. …

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