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Salmon Farmers: Seal Slaughter Claims Unfounded

UK - Salmon farmers have hit back at reports over the weekend that there was a secret slaughter of seals being carried out by Scottish fish farms.

On Sunday the BBC’s Countryfile programme quoted campaigners saying that up to 5,000 seals are killed annually by the aquaculture industry.

According to TheShetlandNews, groups including the Seal Protection Action Group (SPAG) are calling on the government to tighten up the law on seal shooting, which is currently permitted when seals attack salmon cages or fishing gear.

The group point to the “frightening decline” in commons seals around Scotland. In the northern isles numbers of common seals have fallen by 40 per cent in the past 10 years, according to the Seal Mammal Research Unit, says the local news report.

SPAG campaign director Andy Ottoway said there appeared to be a “culture of killing” seals.

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