Usan Salmon Fisheries aka Scottish Wild Salmon Company today received the judge's sentencing at Forfar Sheriffs Court. Members of the HSA Seal Guardian Campaign attended court to hear the verdict. They were fined £7000 for multiple breaches of netting laws (leaving nets in the water out of permitted hours and the taking of fish past the 6pm Friday night weekend close time). George Pullar requested 18 months to pay the fine. The judge gave him 12 months. We think if they just sold one of their 4 flashy pick up trucks with personalised plates, or the land rover, or one of the boats that haven't been used all season and are just sitting on a grassy bank, or one of the vintage cars, or a tractor, or one of the flat beds, or one of their many properties (flats, houses, etc) they'd be able to pay it off with no bother.
The defence lawyer told the court that Usan had suffered a decrease in profits from £68,000 to £38,000, and were in a "bad trading position"... And that for tax purposes, neither George nor David Pullar, company directors, took a wage... They get paid in dividends. The judge noted that there had recently been a "substantial increase in purchases" by the company and there had been a "very substantial increase in turnover" since 2013.
So, the seal-shooting company finally have a criminal record!
The HSA Seal Guardian Campaign 2015 can finally introduce to our supporters, the Black Shark and the White Dove.
For the past 5 months, this tech has been used to gather evidence of wildlife crime.
The Black Shark has been filming underwater, along the leader nets and looking inside the bag nets to record what other poor creatures have been caught and drowned in the coastal salmon fishing nets of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company aka Usan Salmon Fisheries.
The White Dove has been deployed to gather footage from above, out at sea. All evidence has been sent to the many relevant organisations and official bodies.
The central committee of the HSA responsible for campaigns, and the Hare Preservation Trust are pleased to announce a joint venture to oppose the Alston Hare Hunting Festival 2015.
In 2014 the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) launched a campaign against the Alston Hare Festival, which takes place in and around Alston, Cumbria.
This event normally lasts a week and in 2013, resulted in the death of many hares, even though the practice is illegal under the Hunting Act. Hare hunts from all over the UK attend and it is viewed as one of the major hare hunting festivals. Due to the attention of Hunt Saboteurs in 2014, the event had for all purposes ended by the Wednesday and many hares were saved.
The HSA has made it very clear from the start of the year, that they intend returning to Alston in 2015, and they are very pleased to announce that they will be doing so with the financial support of the Hare Preservation Trust (HPT). A substantial donation from the HPT has been provided to cover accommodation and transport costs for the large numbers of Hunt Saboteurs who will be required to ensure that the Alston festival, once again, fails to hunt and kill hares (an endangered species) for no other reason than the pleasure hunters get from the activity.
For further information on the 2014 campaign see the following links: