They shoot seals, don’t they?

In my ongoing attempts to save the seals/seabirds/whales/dolphins/trees/planet one blog entry at a time, I want to highlight this latest piece of information, recently exposed in the news.

“”We believe there is a mass slaughter of seals in Scotland, up to 5,000 each year.”

Mark Carter, of the Hebridean Trust, said the general decline in seal numbers was particularly noticeable around fish farms.”

Following on from my earlier blog post about the massive decline in seal numbers around Scotland, this is obviously a source of grave concern. Whilst fish farms might not be the sole cause, and without getting into a discussion on all of the environmental issues surrounding the growing number of fish farms in Scotland, it’s clear that there is no room for any additional, unnecessary losses in the seal population.

I have written to my MSP to encourage him to pay heed to this, particularly in relation to discussions on the forthcoming Marine Bill which, it is hoped, will be geared towards protecting all marine wildlife. A few appropriate letters to supermarket chains wouldn’t go amiss either. I’m sure that economic concerns will be cited in defence of the fish farms, but recent events (environmental and otherwise) must surely demonstrate where a standpoint that favours economic and profit-related considerations at all costs, including the survival of a species, can lead.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi


  1. Hi Pam—I always look forward to reading your blog entries. I live in a part of Florida, USA where tourism generates the majority of our revenue. People come to enjoy the manatees/seabirds/dolphins/big game fish/and plants. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of improving economics our policy makers are creating policies that are damaging the things tourists are paying to see. It is madding. I think Pope John Paul II said it best that “Modern Society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles”. The pursuit of profit is killing what people yearn to see. Keep up the good work. —Jeffrey Fabiszewski

  2. pamf says:

    Hi Jeffrey – Thanks for your comment, and for linking to my blog. As you’ll have seen, I linked back to yours and I follow it with interest. You are quite correct concerning how “economic progress” seems to trump everything, hence the state we find ourselves in, both environmentally and otherwise. You would think that recent events might be teaching the policymakers something, but it remains to be seen. And it’s ironic, of course, that tourism (which is part of the economy after all) will suffer when there is less wildlife to see. As Rachel Carson so wisely said, “But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”

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