Stop Farmers From Killing Seals With Explosives, Darts, and Lead Shot

Target: Susan Ley, Australia’s Minister for the Environment

Goal: Prohibit bean bag rounds, underwater explosives, and other deterrents that pose risk to protected seals.

Scare caps and seal crackers: these are two of the fanciful terms used to describe attacks on seals that are taking place off the coast of Tasmania. In reality, these weapons consist of underwater explosives, darts, and shells filled with lead shot. Each of them is routinely used around salmon farms in order to keep seals away. At least 70 seals have died in close proximity to these farms in recent years. Now, if an initiative driven by salmon farm owners goes through, the dangerous methods could become commonplace over the next three years.

Seals are supposed to be protected under Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act. As a state of Australia, Tasmania must adhere by this law that criminalizes killing, injuring, or even moving seals. The actions of the salmon farm operators clearly violate the act, but government officials seem more interested in offloading responsibility than enforcing their own laws.

Sign the petition below to demand a wholesale ban on these cruel and often lethal scare tactics

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Ley,

As the Minister of the Environment, it is your duty to protect lands, waters, and their inhabitants and to enforce laws safeguarding these protections. When you were recently asked about the use of seal crackers and scare caps on federally protected seals, you referred this matter to other authorities. The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act falls under your purview, and you must be the ultimate arbiter in this matter.

Special interests like offshore salmon farms cannot drive your decision-making. You have been presented with evidence that these supposedly harmless scare tactics are injuring and even killing marine life in large numbers. Do not ignore your obligation to stop these flagrant violations of federal policy.

Ban the use of dangerous seal deterrents at once.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Elianne Dipp 


40 Comments

  1. Jaime Perez says:

    Leave the seals alone! Humans can be so uncaring, disgusting and heartless when it comes to harming the innocent animals.

  2. Eva Cantu says:

    I WOULD LOVE TO SHOVE THOSE EXPLOSIVES UP THE ASSES OF THESE COWARD AND THEN LIGHT THEM UP.

  3. Agree all comments stop this cruelty now they have to eat just like us, What’s wrong with laws and Countries these fuckers who do this and who allow it need to to have them up them and blow these fuckers up. The world it full of cruel cunts shouldn’t be on earth something needs to be done now. Hurt a animal do the same back to them but a slow death see how it feels.

  4. Humans have NO RIGHT to KILL, KILL and KILL….
    Our planet is unique in the entire Universe, just because it has LIFE. Stop you cynical and brainless people to kill this LIFE! RESPECT ALL LIFE because you are only able to KILL, but you are totally unable to CREATE LIFE.

  5. STOP THIS NOW!!! CRUEL AND INHUMANE!!!N NYOU ARE EVIL FOR KILLINGB THESE SEALS!! LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!!!!

  6. Raymond Stevens says:

    This shitty practice must be stopped. These assholes should be thrown in the ocean and given the same inhumane abuse they gave the seals, miserable cocksuckers.

  7. Unacceptable. Barbaric, unnecessary. Humans are going to wipe out all animals. Then there will be nothing.

  8. Who do Farmers think they are — I’ve never heard of anything more mercilessly, depravedly CRUEL than to brutally slaughter Animals JUST FOR LiViNG — the more I learn about DEPRAVED KILLERS & their bottom line, the more I know the world must GO VEGAN — the PSYCHO-KILLERS will NOT change — GO VEGAN — Feed SALMON to Animals in the Wild who depend on Salmon — GO VEGAN.

  9. Jane+Morrow says:

    Destroying wildlife that’s supposed to be in the sea to protect the factory farmers of the ocean who are exploiting salmon who normally travel hundreds of miles – sorry no!

  10. This is disturbing and disgusting!!!

  11. Julia Edinger says:

    I agree with “Patricia+Wicker
    STOP THIS NOW!!! CRUEL AND INHUMANE!!!N NYOU ARE EVIL FOR KILLINGB THESE SEALS!! LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!!!!! “
    THIS MUST STOP NOW,,,,,EVIL BEING’S DESERVE TO BE WIPPED OUT !!!

  12. These vile,mentally deranged seal killing bastards must be put to death.A slow and agonisning death is essential!! Yes, lets turn these evil cretin seal killers into garden fertiliser!!!! OH YESSS!!!

  13. This is crazy!! How can they get by with doing these horrible things to seals??

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