Target: Vice Chairman of the Ness Football Club, Donald Macsween
Goal: End Scotland’s cruel chick-eating contest
Last winter, the first annual world gannet chick-eating contest was held in Scotland’s Western Isles. This grotesque event involves the slaughter of baby gannets, an iconic seabird held in high esteem by locals. Also known as “guga,” these baby seabirds are hunted, clubbed with a stick, decapitated, roasted over a fire and then pickled.
Although hunting seabirds has been banned throughout Great Britain for nearly sixty years, residents of the Western Isles are still permitted to murder up to 2,000 gannets each year in the name of “tradition.”
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been championing for years to ban the barbaric annual hunt, saying that many of the baby chicks are not killed by a single blow and therefore must be beaten repeatedly before they are decapitated. Naturally, the event’s organizer, Ness Football Club, and local hunters refute these claims and say that the killings are quick and humane. Regardless, seabirds have been protected in the UK since 1956, making this cruel hunt illegal were it to be held in any other district in Scotland. The residents of Ness should not be granted a free license to murder simply because of a cruel, outdated tradition.
By signing this petition, you will be telling organizers of this brutal event that no animal deserves to be murdered and eaten for sport. Let them know that this barbaric treatment has no place in modern society and help stop the unnecessary suffering of gannet chicks.
Dear Mr. Macsween,
I was incredibly disappointed to learn that the Ness Football Club was responsible for organizing the first world championship gannet chick-eating contest. As a country that enforces stricter animal welfare laws than the rest of the UK, Scotland should be ashamed to host an event that features the murder and consumption of an iconic creature in the name of tradition.
As you know, gannet chicks are clubbed to death prior to being decapitated, roasted and pickled. Although your organization claims that these deaths are quick and humane, local animal welfare groups believe that it may take several blows to kill these gentle creatures, making their final hours incredibly horrific and painful.
Any event that involves the gruesome murder of an animal has no place in modern society. Please reconsider your position on the gannet chick-eating contest and put an end to the unnecessary suffering of this iconic seabird.
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