Pro-seal hunt filmmaker Raoul Jomphe claims that representatives with the Humane Society of the United States were displeased that the caught them on film ignoring the suffering of a seal that the animal rights activists were using as a prop for a fund raising video.
According to the Ottawa Citizen,
In the documentary . . . the animal rights activists pulled the dying seal out of the water as it tried to escape, and continued filming their promotional video. It is not known how the seal was wounded.
According to Jomphe and his documentary, the HSUS activists filmed for over an hour while the seal lay suffering.
Interviewed in Jomphe’s film, HSUS activist Rebecca Aldworth says she only had the seal’s well-being in mind,
I asked somebody to pull the seal out, because at that point I was thinking there might be a chance of getting the seal back to land. If this seal could still crawl, an hour later, could still swim, maybe there was a chance we could bring the seal back to the Atlantic Veterinary College and save the seal.
Jomphe said that based on the condition of the seal, he would have humanely killed it rather than allow it to continue to suffer.
Activists Angry at being caught on tape. The Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2007.