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June 02, 2020 - The Ferret

SCOTLAND: Seal shooting by fish farms to be banned to save exports to US

SCOTLAND: Seal shooting by fish farms to be banned to save exports to US
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The Scottish Government is going to ban the fish farming industry from shooting seals to save a £180 million export business to the US, The Ferret can reveal.

Scottish ministers have told MSPs they are intending to introduce an amendment at Holyrood which will outlaw seal shooting by the industry.

The government has been forced to act by a US animal welfare law that from 2022 will prevent the import of fish from countries which allow seals to be killed to protect fisheries. Since 2011 salmon farming companies in Scotland have been licensed to shoot nearly 1,000 seals, including some that were pregnant.

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