CRUELTY of Proposed Seal Cull by FG Councellor Seosamh Ó Laoi
We strongly condemn Fine GAEL Councellor Seosamh O Laoi’s claims that the west coast seal population needs to be culled [to protect the fishery industry]. In reality, the decline in fish stocks is due to over over-fishing by the very industry he is involved in.
This man, who is himself involved in aquaculture - said that representatives of the fishing organisations should sit down with the relevant experts and work out a culling strategy. He also reminisces to olden days where fishermen carried guns in their boats, and "kept the place clean." All he can propose is attacking even more sea-life. Councellor O Laoi should place the blame for declining fish numbers on the fishermen themselves and on his own business. Fishing, an industry carried out for financial gain, is grossly guilty of overfishing and greed. It is ridiculous to state that if we kill the seals the fish stocks will improve.
Fishermen have overfished the oceans for many years, modern fishing techniques means humans can catch vast quantities of fish. They have been removing more fish than the system can replace. Seals and fish have co-existed for millions of years. If there are too many seals, their numbers adjust to the availability of fish stocks naturally.
The enormous catching ability of mankind is why fish numbers are dwindling. Man does not need fish to live, the seals do, they eat to live and feed their young, man eats fish and other beings because he likes the taste of their flesh. Today it is rarely disputed that fish feel pain, in fact evidence suggests that fish feel pain, fear and psychological stress and have the capacity to suffer.Not only is fishing cruel but our demand for fish is unsustainable, with many fish stocks on the verge of collapse.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish can easily be gained from plant based sources. By switching to a plant based or VEGAN diet you’re saying “no” to cruelty and giving the world’s oceans and waterways a chance to recover.
Bernie Wright. Press officer AFAR.0872651720
· In addition to dwindling fish stocks, the biodiversity of the oceans are being lost too. Coral reefs, “the rainforests of the sea”, are dying at an unprecedented rate, averaging a loss of 600 square miles per year, (or 1% of the total), since the late1960s. Tropical and subtropical coastal mangrove systems, vital for healthy coral reefs, are being felled and converted to ponds for prawns and shrimps destined for the Western market. 20% of the world’s mangrove systems have been lost since 1980
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