The Scottish Wild Salmon Company, which announced last week that it was going to stop shooting seals at Gardenstown due to pressure from sabs and SSUK, has now removed all its nets from the area and seems to have closed down its operation there.
SWSC are thought to have killed up to 70 seals in this area last year. Since sabs arrived this year they have killed none. Around 150 seals are now using a haul out close to Gardenstown, safe from SWSC's killers. The wild salmon heading to spawn in the rivers on this stretch of coast are also safe for now.
Sabs and Sea Shepherd will continue to defend seals and salmon in Gardenstown and the next stage of the operation is being planned.
The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) is pleased to announce its affiliation to the Anti-fascist network (AFN).
The HSA has always had a policy of inclusion, welcoming anyone into our ranks regardless of race, creed, gender, religion or sexuality, and has been forced over the years to confront and exclude people who have been proved to be racist or fascist. Our active members have for years been the subject of racist (and sexist) abuse from the hunting community which only highlights that our struggle to end hunting also promotes a more ethical attitude to both humans and animals.
Both the HSA and AFN promote a policy of confronting those engaged in racism and hunting respectively, on the streets and in the countryside. To not only stop such activities continuing but also to highlight them to the wider public. While other organisations hide their heads in their hands, hoping that a few leaflets or email shots will make the problems go away, we are clear that the only way to end both hunting and racism is confront it head on, so those who partake of such actions and attitudes are clear that we will oppose them until they stop.
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