The sentencing for this horrific and dastardly offense will be delivered in September 2009. The maximum penalty is a $100,000 fine and/or 1 year in prison.
The penalty cannot be enforced outside of Canada and since both men are prohibited from returning to Canada for the rest of their lives than this means the sentence, whatever it will be, is irrelevant.
The court of course has ordered the seizure of the 5,000 doubloons ($10,000 Cdn) that the author Farley Mowat posted for their bail.
The court had previously ordered the confiscation of the ship Farley Mowat without a hearing or a trial. The ship was sold by the government of Canada for $50,000 with the government seizing the funds. In addition, the government pumped off and sold some $90,000 worth of diesel fuel. This represents a blatant act of piracy on the part of the Canadian government. They boarded and seized a Dutch registered ship in international waters, stole the possessions of 18 crewmembers they did not arrest, stole the ship, and then ordered two officers into a trial they were prohibited from attending, stole their bail money, and then justified it all in the name of defending the horrific cruelty and perversion of one of the most notorious and despicable wildlife slaughters in the world.
On the positive side for Sea Shepherd, the publicity generated from the 2008 arrest helped considerably in encouraging European Parliamentarians to vote for the bill to ban seal products into Europe.
In this case, Sea Shepherd may have lost a battle at sea and in the courts BUT we appear to have won the war. The economic damage inflicted upon the sealing industry is far greater than the economic impact on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, especially considering the fact that the Society was planning to retire the Farley Mowat after the seal campaign anyways.
We had made plans to berth the ship at the marine museum in New London, Connecticut right after the seal campaign. The ship was not meant to do any additional campaigns.