New attack by Brigitte Bardot and Franz Weber

United in a memorable fight in the late seventies, which lead to a 12 years‘ stop of the commercial seal hunt (from 1983 to 1995), Franz Weber and Brigitte Bardot are launching a new attack against Canada at a time when the quotas for the next seal hunting season are being set.

The start signal of their new world campaign will be given at an important public hearing before the INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS on December 5th in Geneva, Switzerland, at the C.I.C.G. Centre International de Conférences de Genève, 15 rue de Varembé. More than 40 humane NGOs from Europe and Overseas are parties to the conference.

In her vibrant speech for the prosecution, Brigitte Bardot, as main complainant, will denounce the barbarity of the yearly massacre of arctic seals and the irresponsibility of those mainly responsible for this crime against the animal world. Bardot is supported in her accusation by a petition signed by 200'000 citizens from all over the world, among which are the names of famous artists and other public personalities. The 200'000 signatures will be received by the Court in a solemn act during procedures and transferred to the General Secretary of the UN, Kofi Annan.

«The Animal Court of Justice is an expression of the universal conscience», says Franz Weber who will preside the hearing of the 5th December, assisted by two more judges from France and Germany.

Accused are the Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, the Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Geoff Regan and the Canadian Minister of Environment Stephan Dion. An international jury of 9 members will pronounce the verdict.

Eye witnesses from Great Britain, Ireland and Belgium will testify and present their film and video evidence. Experts in veterinary medecine will be heard. Members of the European Parliament will attend the hearing as observers.

It has to be recalled that these last three years alone one million seals have been the victims of a massacre which according to experts is devoid of any rational justification and the brutality and sadism of which are a disgrace to the image of Canada.

The public trial starts at 9.30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. (16 h) by the verdict. For Brigitte Bardot and Franz Weber it is the starting point of a new ruthless battle against the seal hunt.

Montreux, 30th November 2005


In 1979 Franz Weber brought the United Animal Nations – UAN into being, an international organisation modelled upon the United Nations, an organisation which, today, has 120 affiliated member organisations in the whole world. A mainstay of the UAN is the International Court of Justice for Animal Rights, whose purpose is to denounce serious abuses against the animal world and to see that perpetrators are called to justice – if need be up to ministerial or governmental level. Court proceedings take place annually in Geneva in the presence of the international media, under the auspices of well known legal representatives and experts.


Vera Weber
Fondation Franz Weber
1820 Montreux
Tél. +41 (0) 21 964 42 84
Fax +41 (0) 21 964 57 36



VERDICT of the INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE FOR ANIMAL RICHTS in the case of the massacre of arctic seals


The Canadian Government, represented by the Prime Minister, Paul Martin;

Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries; Stéphane Dion, Minister of the Environment; accused of

- aiding and abetting and encouraging the annual massacre of seals on the Canadian ice fields,

a massacre devoid of any rational justification and condemned by the majority of the Canadian people.

- major responsibility in the torture and elimination of hundreds of thousands of seals every year

- the plundering of a living heritage which belongs to the whole world

- encouraging the violence and killing frenzy of a small blood-thirsty minority

- complicity in the skinning of thousands of seals while still alive

- violating the Canadian Fisheries Law by tolerating the killing of seals under 12 days old (Whitecoats and Bluebacks)

Based on today’s hearing of witnesses and examination of the evidence, the International Court of Justice for Animal Rights, represented by 9 members of the jury and three judges, hereby declares

The Canadian Authorities guilty on all the above detailed Counts.

In view of the testimonies heard and the evidence submitted, the Court finds the Canadian prime Minister, the Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Minister of the Environment, guilty of promoting massacres shocking not only by their excessiveness and enormous waste of living creatures, but also by their cruelty which pushes Canada out of socially accepted realms by the fault of a sadistically orientated minority.

The Court appeals to the Canadian Government to put an immediate stop to this immoral and dishonourable hunt.

The Court appeals to the European Union to implement an import ban on all products stemming from the Canadian seal hunt.

The Court calls upon citizens of all countries to boycott Canadian products of any nature whatsoever and to avoid Canada as a tourist venue for as long as the massacre of seals is not prohibited.

The Court appeals to the Plenary-Assembly of the United Nations that Article 3 of the General Treaty on Human Rights which guarantees every human being the ‘Right to Life, Freedom and Security’ be complemented by an Article 3a: “Sentient non-human beings have a right to life and wellfare. No per-son has the right to kill these living beings without a defendable reason, nor to harm them or cause them pain or damage”.

Furthermore the Court has decided to send a delegation of observers to the Canadian ice fields at the end of February/beginning of March 2006 for the purpose of examining the then prevailing situation. In order to carry out this essential visit, the Court requests of the Canadian Government the lifting of the now existing ban on information and observation.

The complete, substantiated verdict will be sent to the convicted parties, to both the Commission and the Parliament of the European Union, to the European Council, to the UN and to UNESCO.

Geneva, 5th December 2005

The International Court of Justice for Animal Rights

Vera Weber Fondation Franz Weber
1820 Montreux Switzerland Tél. +41 (0) 21 964 42 84 Fax +41 (0) 21 964 57 36 http://www.ffw.ch

PLEASE SEE ALSO: http://www.ecop.info/english/e-seal-kill.htm



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