Monday, April 13, 2015

13/04/2015: Mass seal slaughter as RSPCA opts to protect fish farms

More than a quarter of the seals killed along the nation's coastline last year were shot by RSPCA-accredited fish farmers, The Telegraph reports.

In Scotland alone, 205 seals are known to have been legally killed to protect stocks of salmon and other fish.
Of those, 52 were shot by the animal welfare charity's Freedom Food initiative, which is dedicated to improving conditions for farm animals.

One fishing industry source said angry RSPCA members had raised the issue at their annual meeting, while campaigners claimed that the statistics could run to a greater total, as kills were not recorded in the rest of the UK.

Andy Ottaway, of the Seal Protection Action Group, said: "We are as surprised as anyone that the RSPCA allows this to happen. It should be setting the bar and demonstrating that no supplier out there should be shooting seals."

Read more HERE.

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