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To: Minister Daragh O'Brien TD

SOS Stop the Seal Shooting

SOS Stop the Seal Shooting

Stop the launch of a pilot scheme to shoot seals with high powered rifles as requested by lobbyists from the fishing industry, as reported in the Irish Examiner 27/09/20.

Why is this important?

At a time when biodiversity is being lost at an alarming rate, instead of this ludicrous scheme and bowing to lobbyists for profit, there should be increased protection for all wildlife and promotion of veganism. Fish stocks have been depleted due to overfishing and not giving time for regeneration, which are the actions of humans, not seals.

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Reasons for signing

  • Overfishing has emptied the seas of food for seals - and sea birds.

Updates

2020-09-30 11:09:46 +0100

"Darragh O'Brien forced to clarify he didn't sign off on pilot scheme to shoot seals. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 - 16:58 PM
AOIFE MOORE, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
The minister for housing has been forced to clarify after a response to a parliamentary question, written in his name, said the Government was “examining the potential for a pilot scheme” which would see seals shot with high-powered rifles from boats.

The story, which ran in Monday’s Irish Examiner, quoted Darragh O’Brien’s response to Independent TD Michael Healy Rae-that the scheme would “determine its efficacy in protecting fishermen’s catches”.

The schemes, which “involved shooting seals, including from boats,” were being examined despite “concerns about this approach to seal management, given the potential safety concerns arising from using high-powered rifles on moving platforms.”

The story caused outrage from environmental and animal welfare groups."

2020-09-30 08:17:11 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-09-29 11:04:21 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-09-28 22:41:37 +0100

10 signatures reached