POLL: Should the salmon-farming industry be allowed to slaughter seals?



Seals are supposed to be protected under UK law, but salmon farmers can get a special licence that makes it legal for them to shoot and kill these marine animals, who are just trying to feed themselves and their families in order to survive.

The shooting continues throughout the animals’ breeding season, which takes place over the next few months – meaning that some pups will lose their mothers at just a few days old and most likely die of starvation or succumb to attacks by predators.

The salmon raised on Britain’s fish farms often endure intense confinement, filthy conditions, and infection by diseases and parasites, such as sea lice.

More than 800 seals have been culled in the last seven years – Photo by Getty Images

Kept in underwater cages, they never have the chance to swim freely or act on their natural instincts, such as their powerful urge to migrate upstream each year.

And because fish aren’t covered by the Animal Welfare Act, there are no regulations to ensure they’re killed humanely.

Even though these animals have complex nervous systems and can feel pain, they’re usually slaughtered without any regard for their welfare. This cycle of violence means that countless animals suffer at the hands of the fishing industry.

This article was first published by peta.org.uk on 05 Sep 2018.


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Rhodna McMullins

No

Priscilla Wolinski Diacont

Leave nature alone

Alison Jane Bomber

No!!!

Michèle Haudebourg

NO.

Cameron McElroy

No!

Clive Terry

no

mfrazier74@hotmail.com

Yes, ignorant would cover it. Guess slaughtering another species is easier than – perhaps removing dams from areas that prevent salmon being able to spawn – maybe cleaning up rivers from toxic materials & pollution? You know, possibly allowing nature to do what it normally would do. AND stop the over-fishing. We wouldnt need fish-farms then.

Barbara Barnett

No

Tami Miller

Why do we humans think we have more right to food than wildlife????

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

heartless and a tad ignorant would be my guess
about all those few that voted yes!!!

Diane
Diane

No doubt those persons who voted yes are either salmon fishermen or work in the salmon farming industry. Due to overfishing we now, apparently, have to “farm” salmon. However, if you were to see the conditions that these fish are “farmed” in, you would probably never eat salmon again. These fish are in large caged areas, usually in an estuary. These hold thousands of fish, all swimming around in their own effluent and subject to all manner of diseases. Because they cannot eat their natural food (crustaceans) because they are captured, they are fed an artificial food containing a colour… Read more »

Sue Lesmond
Sue Lesmond

Definitely NO, NO ,NO ,NO.
Throw the scumbags who voted yes off this site.

LibertyHowl-PJ Wiemers

NO