110 Seals Were Shot This Year to Protect the Unethical Salmon Industry

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Scotland seal slaughter

Figures released this week reveal that 110 seals have been shot in Scotland this year by sharpshooters working for fish producers. Seals are supposed to be protected, but salmon farmers can get a special licence to shoot these beautiful marine mammals.

This news is sad – but not really surprising. After all, by its very nature, the fishing industry puts profit above animals’ lives.

The salmon confined to Britain’s fish farms often endure intense confinement, filthy conditions, mistreatment and high levels of disease and parasites, such as sea lice. Kept in underwater cages, they never have the chance to swim freely or exercise their natural instincts, such as the powerful urge to migrate upstream each year. And because fish aren’t covered by the Animal Welfare Act, there are no regulations to ensure they are killed humanely.

Fish feel pain just like humans do. In fact, recent research suggests they may be even more sensitive than we are, since their biology lacks the complex pain management systems of many mammals.

Now this seal massacre shows that the salmon industry’s cruelty extends to wildlife, too.

There is no justification for shooting beautiful animals to protect cruel and unnecessary fish farms. It’s our demand for cheap fish that’s fuelling the bloodshed. The damage that fish farming does to seals and the environment provides yet another argument against eating fish.

For the sake of salmon and seals, please leave fish off your plate!

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  • DC Reid commented on October 10, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Fish farms kill seals, sealions and other pinnipeds all around the world. Marine Harvest operates in 22 countries. The killing of seals in Scotland is only 1 nation’s killings.

    See: http://www.fishfarmnews.blogspot.com for more articles on seal killing. Check the index in October 2014 for the more than 10,000 seals killed in BC, Canada.

  • Sharon Evans commented on October 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I can’t believe this is happening. It is barbaric. I adore fush but if this doesn’t stop, my family will stop eating salmon .

  • Martin commented on October 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Is there no petition going on against this despicable practice?

  • christina taylor commented on October 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    This is awfull and should not be allowed, we need to protect our wildlife, not kill them, lets not get like other countries, please stop this now.

  • irma commented on October 11, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Its a shame that this is allowed punishment its necesary

  • Martha boltares commented on October 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    I’d like to see an end to fox hunting forever! I’m sure people in the UK are tired of the stereotypes associated with this evil form of recreation! Please keep up the pressure on the barbarians that participate in it! Together we are stronger!

  • Nova Town commented on October 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm


    DO NOT BUY “PRODUCTS” TESTED ON ANIMALS – TEACH YOUR CHILDREN THE TRUTH about our bloody post-modern industries, farming, and criminal “health” systems !!!
    If you wish to become intelligent BEWARE OF HUMAN CRIMES AGAINST ANIMALS, NATURE AND OUR CHILDREN – called “science” or “businesses” or “entertainment” often sponsored by political and “scientific” ULTIMATELY IGNORANT MORONS.


  • Rose commented on October 12, 2015 at 9:02 am

    stop this barbaric slaughter of seals

  • Mary Finelli commented on October 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    If you eat seafood, please opt exclusively for the many marvelous vegan versions there are of virtually every type of seafood imaginable. They’re better for us, for the other animals, and for the environment. Vegan seafood recipes and other resources are at Fish Feel.

  • Ian commented on October 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    It appears that fish ARE covered by the Animal Welfare Act but not if they are in the sea (only if they are in inland waterways)

  • karen stephens commented on October 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    will this never end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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