Our founder, Brian Davies, has been fighting for the lives of seals, since the 1960’s, when he pioneered a campaign to end the slaughter of baby seals in Canada. His work to expose the cruelty on the ice floes made headlines around the world, and the battle to save the seals became an icon for the animal protection movement. Network for Animals continues to fight for seals, both in Canada and in the UK.
Today Network for Animals brings you some good news and celebrates a success for seals. This success bridges our international campaigns and gives us hope for a cruelty free future for our seals, on all sides of our planet.
This year, the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the American government will prohibit the import of any fish that doesn’t meet US standards, and, that it is now illegal to intentionally kill or injure seals in any commercial US fishing operation.
This is good news for seals in the UK.
The UK kills hundreds of seals in the name of protecting farmed salmon. UK fish farmers are legally allowed to shoot seals around their salmon stocks. It has been documented that these seals die in pain and are often pregnant or feeding their pups.
However, in light of this new law, the UK will now need to end its unnecessary killing if it wants to continue to sell fish to America. Don Stamford, director of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture said:
“In order to comply with U.S. standards (i.e. zero marine mammals killed), farmed salmon sourced from salmon farms which kills seals, sea lions, dolphins and even whales will be banned from the lucrative U.S. market by 1 January 2022 (when the Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act is enforced)”
The US is the largest export market for Scottish farmed salmon, accounting for a value of £215m in 2014. This would be a blow to the UK economy and as such we are hoping to see the ruthless slaughter of seals put to an end.
The US announced this law in response to pressures from animal welfare groups around the world. Network for Animals have put pressure on both the UK and the US government as part of this campaign and thus consider our supporters part of developing this change for seals around the world.
Network for Animals are delighted to see this piece of legislation protecting farmed fish. However, we want to see laws extended to protect all animals caught up in the fishing industry and will continue to fight for Canadian seals in the US.
You can do your bit by boycotting Canadian fish and talking to your local political representative.