Halifax bus driver clubs toy seal during anti-hunt protest

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HALIFAX - A Halifax bus driver has been suspended for leaving his passenger-filled bus to club a toy seal in front of shocked seal hunt protesters on the weekend.
Pat Soanes, general manager of Metro Transit, said in a release Monday that the driver ''has been relieved of duties pending an investigation.''
''An operator left his bus and involved himself in a demonstration. This behaviour is unacceptable,'' Soanes said. ''We have met with the operator and appropriate action will be forthcoming.''
The head of an anti-sealing group says it's ''extremely alarming'' that police have decided not to charge the bus driver.
The Metro Transit driver apparently saw the protesters as he drove his route Saturday afternoon. He stopped his bus, left with an extendable baton, and began clubbing the toy seal, which was covered in fake blood.
''It was a black retractable baton, which is a weapon. I saw it quite clearly,'' Bridget Curran, director of the Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition, said Monday.
''He was running across the street, brandishing this baton in his hand, running at us. A few people actually thought that he was coming for them.''
Curran said the driver called out to nearby television cameras and asked: ''Are you rolling?"
Afterwards, the driver ran back to his bus, got on, and drove away.
''We were all quite shocked,'' Curran said. ''He obviously thought that it was quite funny to simulate an act of violence against a seal.''

Organizations: Metro Transit, Atlantic Canadian Anti-Sealing Coalition

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  • club them all
    January 18, 2010 - 11:20

    What he did during working hours was wrong but what he did was the right thing - the seal population is getting out of hand - the more seals the more fish they eat , the less fish for us - the bosses - I say have a open season on them - they serve no purpose in life - and as for the protesters - get a real job

  • J
    January 18, 2010 - 10:37

    what he did was the right thing? I'm not in favour of anti-sealers but to suggest that this guy threaten and scare some peaceful protesters is pretty sad.