Three Nova Scotia fishermen charged after video posted showing abuse of seal

Three Nova Scotia fishermen face charges for the alleged mistreatment of a seal caught on video and posted to social media.

Doug Wentzell, a regional director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, says officials were alerted this week to a video posted online involving ``behaviour with respect to the treatment of a seal,'' aboard a vessel off Yarmouth, N.S.

Wentzell says an investigation resulted in the filing of charges against three people.

The video has been taken down off Facebook, but can still be found on the CBC web site. It shows a seal being repeatedly taunted and prodded with a buoy and a rope, and being kicked softly amid laughter.

Wentzell says the charges are related to two sections of the department's Marine Mammal Regulations and one section of the Fishery General Regulations.

He says the men, whose names have not been released, are scheduled to appear in a Yarmouth court to enter a plea on April 3.