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Seals Getting Shot for the Sake of Disease-Ridden Salmon

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  • One of the largely unknown casualties of industrial fish farms are seals, which may be legally shot by fish farmers and fishermen “when necessary”
  • About 1,600 seals were shot in Scotland alone over the last six years, primarily by industrial fish farmers like Marine Harvest Scotland and Scottish Sea Farms, which supply popular supermarket chains
  • Wild salmon are at risk of disease and parasites from fish farms, including sea lice and piscine reovirus (PRV)
  • OneKind, an animal welfare group in Scotland, is calling for a halt on expansions to salmon farms until the sea lice issue and other welfare concerns are under control
  • Lawsuits have been filed against a Canadian policy that allows fish farms to move juvenile salmon from their land-based tanks to pens in the open ocean — without first testing them for PRV

By Dr. Mercola

One of the largely unknown casualties of industrial fish farms are seals, which may be legally shot by fish farmers and fishermen "when necessary" under the U.K.'s Conservation of Seals Act.


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