Ban the shooting of seals by
As many as 5,000 seals are shot in Scotland every year. The reason?
Because of consumer's desire for cheap fish - specifically salmon.
Around 1 million meals containing salmon are eaten in Britain each
year, and it is this artificial trade in intensively farmed fish which
is driving the bloodshed. Seals are killed when they pose a threat to
the profits of fisheries by eating eat fish destined for supermarkets.
Yet another example of wild animals suffering because of the greed of
the livestock industry.
In the past, Viva! has
supported calls by The Seal Protection Action Group to ban this
practice. Recently, Viva! celebrity supporter Chrissie Hynde added her
The Sunday Times. She said: "The livestock industry seems to
have immunity to decimate our rich,
natural wildlife - not to mention causing untold suffering through
intensive farming methods. Now seals are, quite literally, in the
firing line to protect the Scottish salmon industry. Here's a novel
idea: why don't we put Britain's wildlife in front of profits for
Please add your voice to help
end the wholesale slaughter of Scottish seals by using our
pre-prepared email to Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland:
"Dear First Minister,
I am writing to you to urge
you to ban the shooting of seals by fish farmers in Scotland.
I was shocked to discover that
hundreds of seals are killed every year in Scottish waters; even more
so that the figure could be as high as 5,000. It is outrageous that
indigenous animals are being sacrificed to protect wholly unnatural
Common seal numbers have
dramatically declined by a third in Britain over the past seven years.
Whilst ecological changes and a shortage of wild fish generally are
partly behind this drop, the shooting of seals by fish farmers is also
likely another major contributor. Not only are seals being hammered by
unsustainable fishing policies, they are now victims of lethal
protectionism by the industry.
Most people were horrified by
the killing of seals for their fur in Canada - so much so that a ban
on importing seal products has been rightly implemented across the EU.
It is therefore sadly ironic that so many seals are also losing their
lives in British waters.
Please take immediate steps
towards banning this cruel and bloody practice now.