Second man charged over seal pup slaughter in Shetlands

A second man has been charged in connection with the clubbing to death of what appears to be now a slaughter of an even greater number of grey seal pups found on a beach in the Shetland Islands.

Last week (w/c 1st December) a 47 year old fisherman was charged with killing 18 seals on the island of East Linga, about three miles east of Whalsay. The two men were seen to be acting suspiciously on East Linga and Shetland Police officers along with, Scottish Natural Heritage staff and a local SSPCA officer returned to the island and found the carcasses of 18 seal pups. A subsequent visit is understood to have revealed even more dead seals, all of which appeared to have been clubbed to death.

With respect to the second man being charged, Andy Ottaway, Campaign Director at the Seal Protection Action Group has stated:

“The horrific murder of these seal pups demonstrates the negative attitude some members of the fishing industry have towards our globally important seals. We hope that all of the perpetrators will be punished with the full force of the law.”

At the Seal Protection Action Group we are lobbying the government to create, effective legislation to provide seals with full protection. For further details about our campaign please click here to be redirected to our ‘Saving Scotland’s Seals’ campaign.

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