Following on from my 'Shooting Seals' post... the case for shooting them in Scotland is that they eat salmon, which could otherwise be caught and eaten by humans (who would, of course, then starve to death without salmon). Charlie Whelan, political supremo at Unite, has been speaking this week on a related issue, opposing the reintroduction of beavers into Scotland, because they will 'upset the ecological balance' and eat the salmon too.
I wonder how many people in the UK would eat seal if it was served up? I suspect not many. So what's the difference between that, and allowing seals to be killed just so that you can eat your salmon? (Echoes of the dolphin-friendly tuna debate too, which always made me wonder, what about tuna-friendly tuna?)
I can see the problem with the beavers if they eat all the salmon, though I suspect Charlie's interest is more about preserving his right to catch salmon than the salmon's right not to be eaten by beavers. [Ignore this paragraph, I am talking complete nonsense. Should have stuck to talking about seals. What do I know about beavers anyway? Etc, etc.]