Scots to ban seal shooting on fish farms

Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Source: 
The Fish Site

Fish farmers who shoot seals in Scotland could face five years in prison now that Scotland has banned the lethal control of the predatory marine mammals.

According to Humane Society International (HSI), the Scottish Parliament has approved the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill which amends the Marine Scotland Act (2010), repealing the provision to grant licences for the shooting of seals on the grounds of protecting fisheries and fish farms. The penalty for illegal seal shooting has also been increased to 12 months’ imprisonment/£40,000 fine or, on indictment, unlimited fine/5 years’ imprisonment.

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