Seal of approval

Nearly all the respondents to a consultation by the Scottish Government on its Marine Bill support a ban on the killing of seals, according to animal welfare organisation Advocates for Animals.

Common seals: 85% of UK population in Scotland
Common seals: 85% of UK population in Scotland

The organisation said the consultation proposed an end to the ‘netsmen's defence', which allows fishermen to shoot seals all year round, including the breeding season, and to allow fish farms licences to shoot seals.

The Scottish Government's analysis of the consultation showed that 98 per cent of 4,177 respondents wanted greater protection for seals.

Scotland is home to 90 per cent of the UK's grey seal population and 85 per cent of its common seals.

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