Scottish Green Party Leader backs seal protection

Scottish Green Party leader Robin Harper is backing our ‘Saving Scotland’s Seals’ campaign by tabling the Motion below with the Scottish Parliament.

*S3M-3167 Robin Harper: Protection for Seals—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Government to recognise the threat to the seal population in Scottish waters from disease, climate change and shooting; particularly notes the recent dramatic and unexplained reduction in the population of common seals; also notes that processes for reporting and recording of seal deaths by shooting are not consistent or accurate, and therefore calls for an immediate ban on the shooting of common seals and a commitment from government to replace the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 with a much firmer commitment to seal protection in the forthcoming Marine Bill.

(Source: Scottish Parliament web site)

Mr Harper said:

“This decline in common seal numbers is extremely alarming. They are an iconic symbol of Scottish marine life, but they are also at the top of the food chain and provide us with strong indicators of the health of the marine environment.”

SPAG is calling on the Scottish public to contact their MSP’s asking them to support Robin Harpers Motion.

The easiest way to contact your MSP is by visiting Once on the site, search for your MP using your post code and then simply send a message using the box provided.

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