Supporters Comments

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.”

‘Fish farming has tried to position itself as a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way of producing fish, when in reality this is sadly far from the truth. The pollution caused by waste, high levels of parasitic disease, the use of wild fish to feed farmed fish and now the fact that wild seals are being shot to protect corporate profits mean that this is a deeply damaging industry.
Seals living in their normal habitat must be protected and the wider fisheries industry must be made to address the issues of dwindling stocks in a responsible and truly sustainable way.                                                                                        Caroline Allen Vet and Policy Committee Green Party of England and Wales.


2 Responses to Supporters Comments

  1. In Shetland where we live there are one third of Scotland’s salmon farms. The common seal population has declined by more than 50% in the past decade. Salmon farmers demand the right to kill seals to protect their fish stocks. The Scottish government supports industry to make as much money as possible. If we do not run our economy with due respect for our ecology we shall be poorer in the long run. If we don’t protect the WEALTH of Scotland’s wildlife we shall lose it for future generations. Shooting seals is unjustified and should be regarded as a crime.

  2. Salmon farming is guilty of some of the most heinous environmental pollution around, and sadly Scottish salmon farming is no exception. Finding a way to operate in balance with its ecosystems, reduce its pollution impact and become sustainable should be a priority instead of bulldozing ahead with huge commerical deals and and doubling market sizes. As if these ecological atrocities aren’t bad enough, there are culprits in the industry who choose to shoot seals to protect their precious stocks when they could address the predatory issue by using anti predator nets: Waitrose, Morrisons and M & S Scottish salmon and yes even RSPCA-certified ‘Freedom Food’ salmon. No more excuses, no more deal making, no more shooting, wipe the blood off your hands once and for all and show us a farming industry with some integrity and responsibility.

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