"Stop shooting seals for salmon meals!" is the message from protestors (and seals around the Scottish coast). If you support a cease-fire on salmon farms please join our supermarket protests outside M&S in Edinburgh next week (30 October) and in London before Xmas (9 December) - read more details online here. And next time you're in a supermarket or restaurant please take the time to ask: did a seal die for your salmon meal?
Stop buying farmed salmon - even farmed salmon certified as 'organic' by the Soil Association or welfare friendly by the RSPCA's 'Freedom Food' or RSPCA Assured scheme. Or the seal gets a bullet in the head!
Following UK media coverage on ITV News last night (a further broadcast is scheduled on ITV News tonight), supermarkets are being urged to stop sourcing farmed salmon from 'seal-unfriendly' salmon farms. Protests are planned in Edinburgh (30 October) and in London (9 December) before a protest outside the RSPCA's head office in Sussex (10 December).
"People still buying Scottish salmon have blood on their hands," said Don Staniford, Director of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture. "Next time you're in a supermarket or restaurant please ask whether a seal died for your salmon meal. Read my lips - eating Scottish salmon is the kiss of death for seals and leaves a bad taste in the mouth."
"In pure PR terms, no industry would like the suggestion it has seal blood on its hands"
In an interview with Grieg Seafood's Grant Cumming broadcast on ITV News last night, Chris Choi said:
"This site came top of the list for killing seals - with something like 24 in two years. That's not the kind of thing that is going to be popular with shoppers is it?"
"No - absolutely," replied Grant Cumming. "I think we realise that we have shot far too much in this area and that's something we've had a real determination to change. And that's what led us down the line with these Econets."
"Last year Grieg Seafood Hjaltland, which employs over 200 people and produces over 60 per cent of Shetland salmon, started investing around £2 million to stop grey seals breaching its anti-predator nets. The company has installed 26 extra-strong ‘Econets’ around the cages at its three Wadbister sites, including Laxfirth, at a cost of more than £40,000 each."
In essence, in excess of £100 million is the price for Scottish seal-friendly farmed salmon. In other words, the Scottish salmon farming industry has a £100 million + competitive advantage over the US salmon farming industry which I understand is prohibited from killing marine mammals under the US MMPA."