The video, which was posted on Mark Allan MacKenzie's Facebook page, has since been removed. MacKenzie, Jay Alexander Jenkins and Brendon Dougles James Porter are facing charges after people alerted the DFO. MacKenzie has 17 prior convictions, Fink said.
"Thankfully, in this case, concerned community members reported the video to authorities," Kerry Branon, media relations manager for IFAW, told The Dodo. A local activist, Caitlin Buchanan, is keeping the pressure on the DFO by launching a campaign, encouraging people to call the DFO offices and tell officials to revoke the men's fishing licenses. Locally, people are also holding a rally outside the DFO office.
But Fink says that this cruelty isn't even that extreme. Every year during the commercial seal hunts, which she's witnessed firsthand for 12 years, similar scenarios occur.
"We do see this kind of behavior at the commercial seal hunt," Fink said, adding that she's seen hunters pick up the animals, posing for selfies, before taking them by the hind flippers and chucking them onto the ice. "Not to paint all fishermen with the same brush, but I think it speaks to the lack of respect for seals and marine wildlife. These are sentiment animals. They can experience fear, they can suffer."