New seal laws mixed response

An article published by Shetland Marine news on 31st January states that the new laws to protect seals in Scotland have met a mixed respose.

Whilst these new laws have been welcomed by the salmon farming industry, a wildlife campaigner says they are useless.

On Monday the Marine (Scotland) Act made it illegal to shoot any seal in Scottish waters without a licence unless it is to end the seal suffering.

The Scottish government says this will bring an end to unregulated seal management.

They also intend to create a number of conservation areas to protect declining common seal populations in Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles, Moray Firth and Firth of Tay.

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