Target: First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon
Goal: Outlaw annual slaughter of seals.
Each year along the Scotland coast, hundreds of seals are being shot in order to “protect” the stocks of salmon. This annual slaughter of seals is legal under Scotland law, even though under EU law they are a protected species. The law allows seals to be killed to protect fish or equipment, resulting in the shooting of seals each year.
The law in Scotland allows for seals to be killed year-round, even during breeding season. The result is that people often do shoot the seals during breeding season, and frequently kill the mother of a new family. This leaves the seal pups abandoned with no mother. Even the pups are not exempt, and about a quarter to half of the shot seals are seal pups.
Visitors to the area have been horrified when they see people shoot seals right at the beach in front of them and their families. Many people call the police to report such sightings, but do not realize that the activity is entirely legal. Those who push for the legality assert that it is necessary to control the stocks of salmon, but it has been shown that the seal population can be controlled without killing them. The more humane approach involves salmon netting or angling.
Scotland has approved the death of 859 seals in 2015. This will allow for 662 grey seals and 197 common seals to be slaughtered. Please sign the below petition to support the end to this mass slaughter of seals each year.
Dear First Minister Nicola Sturgeon,
The annual shooting of seals each year along the Scotland coast must be stopped. There are other ways to help maintain salmon stocks, and the shooting of the seals is not a necessary step to ensure the safety of the fishing industry.
I urge you to outlaw this slaughter, and to be willing to learn about new ways to benefit the fishing industry, as well as protecting the seals.
[Your Name Here]
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