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|Originally Posted: 22 January 2010|
Time is Running Out for Scottish Seals
The fate of seals in Scotland will be decided on Thursday 4
February when a new Marine Bill will be agreed by the Scottish
Parliament. 90% of the UK’s globally important seal populations
are in Scottish waters.
The fate of seals will be decided on Thursday 4 February when a new Marine Bill will be agreed by the Scottish Parliament. Scotland is guardian to globally important populations of grey seals and common seals. 90% of the UK’s seals are in Scottish waters. Yet thousands of seals are shot every year by fish farmers, salmon netsmen and fishermen.
The law even allows seals to be shot during their breeding seasons, meaning that dependent pups can be left to starve to death when their mothers are killed. The vast majority of the public support a total ban on shooting seals.
The Scottish Marine Bill provides a much-needed opportunity to improve legal protection for seals. Members of the Scottish Parliament are being asked to support amendments to the Marine Bill to protect the welfare and conservation of seals – particularly during their breeding seasons – at the final Stage 3 Debate on Thursday 4 February.
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