There is no justification for shooting beautiful animals to protect the cruel and unnecessary fish-farming industry. While greedy salmon farmers will rightfully get the blame for not choosing anti-predator nets which cost a few pennies more, it’s our demand for cheap fish that’s fuelling the cruelty. Fish feel pain as much as any dog does, and recognising what fish farming does to them and to the environment should be enough for us to reject eating them. Mimi Bekhechi, Associate Director, PETA Foundation PETA.ORG.UK
One of the major issues of our time is industrial overfishing of our oceans, an issue which is relatively solvable, if only governments and industry were receptive to the necessary needed change. Fish farming is frequently presented as a good alternative to catching wild fish, which unfortunately couldn’t be further from the truth. Wild fish species are often overfished to feed fish in farms, there are growing concerns about the use of antibiotics and due to the cramped conditions the animals are kept in, disease outbreaks at facilities happen all too often. On top of all this, fish farmers in some countries are allowed to kill seals, who see the farms as an easy stop-over for a quick snack. The culling of seals is an unjust and cruel consequence of an industry which has no place in a truly sustainable and animal-friendly future. The Black Fish supports the efforts of Seal Scotland in exposing the hypocrisy of seal killings and we urge anyone who cares about this issue to support their vital work. – Wietse van der Werf, Founder of The Black Fish.
“Whatever is going wrong in our world is due to human interference . Seals have become scapegoats for a human created mess. To kill these beautiful sea creatures is morally and ethically wrong, and wholly unnecessary. I respectfully appeal to the Scottish authorities to preserve the wildlife heritage.” Margirt Coates International author, and lecturer.
“The shooting of these intelligent, highly sentient mammals by fish farms and others is morally reprehensible. Shooting is a brutal and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to arrest declining fish stocks. The fishing industry should face up to its responsibilities to address the real causes and implement effective solutions. Inflicting wanton cruelty on seals will not solve its problems.” Andrew Knight Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL), PhD, MRCVS, FOCAE Veterinarian and Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
People need to waken up and realise that seals are part of a food web triangle, not a food chain and that the apex of that triangle is as important as the base layers. As far as UK coastal species go, our seals are our apex marine predators and we now know that if you remove the apex predator from any food triangle all that will be left is an undersea desert. In Scotland therefore all you will be left with is a maze of fish farms with imported smolts, imported feedstuffs and exported profits. The damage to the oceans elsewhere and the resultant damage to the planet everywhere is a further consequence of this insane practice of importing vast quantities of pelagic fish to feed caged fish so that UK supermarkets can sell what used to be luxury items from the buy one get one free counter. Even if that were not the case, we simply cannot understand why Scottish politicians are giving away their own coastline and allowing large scale murder of an essential flagship species in the full view of an increasingly concerned public. Save Scotland’s Seals. David Scott, Scotland Coordinator Sea Shepherd UK
“Scotland’s seal killers should hang their heads in shame and hang up their guns,” said Don Staniford of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA). “Supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco which condone the killing of seals by selling ‘seal-unfriendly’ farmed salmon have blood on the hands. Consumers, chefs and retailers should boycott all Scottish farmed salmon from companies who support a shoot to kill policy. It is a sad state of affairs when trigger-happy salmon farmers refuse to pay for predator nets and resort to the rifle as a first not last resort. Scotland’s seals are paying a high price for cheap Scottish farmed salmon.”