As predicted by Sea Shepherd on Good Friday, the killing team of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company escalated tensions in the Scottish seal killing grounds with an unprecedented attack on a member of our Campaign Crew.
As residents of Gardenstown were preparing for breakfast on Easter Monday, Sea Shepherd Crew members were already being threatened with violence by the Scottish Wild Salmon Company’s killers.
In a dramatic 8 a.m. confrontation which took place away from the Harbour in the town’s New Ground, three employees of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company, one carrying a rifle, cornered just one of our crew members leaving him fearful of extreme violence.
Having the presence of mind to keep his camera running throughout, the situation was saved when other members of the Sea Shepherd campaign crew arrived with their own cameras. Realising that any further illegal acts on their part were being recorded, the thugs backed away and returned to their command base.
Sea Shepherd UK have now reported the situation and shown video footage to Police Scotland. Sea Shepherd UK are confident that charges can now be brought against the ringleader of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company’s out of control thugs.
Given the escalating situation, Sea Shepherd UK have now asked the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association to reactivate their undercover teams as well as introduce new covert operatives to the area. Other Sea Shepherd volunteers and specialist intervention teams are also now heading to Banffshire to defend Scottish seals from these violent people.
The Scottish Government issues companies such as the Scottish Wild Salmon Company with licences to shoot seals which they claim threaten fish stocks. However the legislation requires that seals may only ever be shot as a last resort after all other methods of control have been applied. It is worth noting that seals in this area do not normally eat salmon but when Salmon netting companies trap wild fish in large numbers it is only natural that the captured fish attract seals.
The non-lethal solution is to deploy Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) which the Scottish Wild Salmon Company do have available to them. Unfortunately lethal bullets are cheaper than the non-lethal alternative and so without effective policing by Marine Scotland (the agency responsible for the licences) it is left to Sea Shepherd to once again uphold National and International Laws which Governments either can't or won't enforce.
Scottish Wild Salmon Company staff threaten Sea Shepherd Crew member with
violence, identities masked pending full Police report