On Friday (30 October) in Edinburgh, Marks & Spencer supermarket found itself caught in the cross-fire over the killing of seals by salmon farms. Protestors took to Princes Street to urge shoppers to boycott salmon sourced from salmon farms which kill seals.
"I am pleased to support those campaigning for an end to seal deaths," said Alison Johnstone, Member of the Scottish Parliament, who joined the protest outside M&S. "People buying farmed salmon in Scotland will be appalled to learn that there is no requirement on salmon producers to have nets to deter seals. If those making vast profits from salmon sales aren’t prepared to invest in this preventative measure, they cannot claim that shooting a seal is a last resort. It is a lazy, greedy response that contradicts the image the producers and our supermarkets seek to promote and it has to stop."
"Animal rights protesters are calling for a boycott of Scottish salmon as new figures show that the number of seals killed for salmon farming in the first half of the year has risen by 20 per cent," reported The Herald (30 October). "Campaigners are to launch new protests on Friday as new official figures show that salmon farming has been responsible for the shooting of 49 seals in the first half of this year. That's eight more than the same period last year, according to campaigners. The data has shocked protesters who fear that instead of finding alternative ways to deal with seals, salmon farms are continuing to be content to shoot to kill."
The Herald article concluded:
Read more in The Herald (30 October): "Protests planned as number of seals killed in Scots salmon farms rises by 20 per cent"
Intrafish reported (2 November):
"The price for seal-friendly farmed salmon is the installation of predator nets and that could be £1 million for each salmon farm," said Don Staniford in a press release (30 October). "Given that there are currently 143 active salmon farms in Scotland and 87% of salmon farms (according to a 2011/12 Scottish Government survey) do not have predator nets installed then the cost to the Scottish salmon farming industry could be well over £100 million. Until all salmon farms install predator nets consumers should boycott all Scottish salmon - even RSPCA Assured 'Freedom Food' salmon, Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified and Soil Association-certified 'organic' salmon which all shamefully endorse the killing of seals. Next time you're in a supermarket or restaurant please ask whether a seal died for your salmon meal."
Undercurrent News reported (2 November):
Protestors will be in London next (9 December) followed by a visit to the RSPCA's head office in Sussex.
To volunteer and for more information on the protests please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please sign a petition "RSPCA: End your support for the killing of Scottish Seals"
Watch videos with Don Staniford reporting last week from the West coast of Scotland:
Please support Don Staniford's campaign against salmon farming - donate online here!
Read more via:
- Shetland Times: "Steps taken to reduce number of seals killed"
- Stop Shooting Seals for Salmon Meals!
- Did a seal die for your salmon meal?
- Press Release: "Cecil the Seal Killers Named & Shamed in Scotland"
- Media Splash for Seal-Killing Salmon Farms!
Download data made available via FOI for 2015 online here