It is with great sadness that the HSA Seal Guardian Campaign 2015 reports the loss of its first seal.
The Scottish Wild Salmon Company aka Usan Fisheries shot this female adult grey seal. It was not a clean shot. The bullet entered the lower cheek/neck area, and passed straight through her. She would have suffered enormously, before finally drowning. This has been reported to the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS), SPCA and police, and we are waiting to be told if SMASS are going to come to collect her in order to do an autopsy. In the meantime, this poor girl has been washing in and out of Corbie Knowe beach, Lunan Bay, for a week. David Pullar, one of the Directors of the company, arrived at the site on Sunday 19th July. When asked if he was there to collect the body, he said yes. But he did not want to be filmed dealing with the body (trying to avoid any grizzley, bad-for-their-image footage being taken), s o after ten minutes of sitting in his pick up truck, he drove off. The poor seal remains on the beach.
We have been in Montrose since April. This is the first seal we have lost on this campaign. She will not go un-avenged. We will remain until the close of the salmon netting season, in mid-September, and continue to do as much as we can to prevent the seals of the Angus coast being illegally shot by sea bumpkin scum.
The greedy fishing company, who currently have 14 coastal salmon nets and 100 lobster pots suck along a ten mile stretch of coast say they are only trying to protect their profits... The Pullars of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company are multi-millionaires, by the way. Maybe it's something to do with all the illegal over-fishing that they have recently pleaded guilty to in court? Don't see any other millionaire fishing companies around here that have been caught repeatedly fishing out of hours...
The rotund gunman in the full bally is Alan Third, sometime employee of the Scottish Wild Salmon Company, who also operates as a Health and Safety expert.