Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Any excuse for a cute photo...

I don't sign EDMs any more, but if you have an MP who does, I've been asked to publicise this. And I have asked parliamentary questions on this issue, not with any great success it has to be said. Must remember to follow up. Anyway, here's Paddy Tipping's EDM:

That this House recognises the UK's international obligations to maintain its globally important seal populations at a favourable conservation status; notes that seal populations remain depleted and are threatened by further outbreaks of the phocine distemper virus and remain under increasing threat from climate change, depletion of prey species pollution and deliberate killing; notes with extreme concern scientific reports of a frightening decline in the population of common seals in UK waters; further notes that an estimated 5,000 seals are shot in Scottish waters by the salmon industry; believes that the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 is outdated and in urgent need of review or replacement; and calls on the Government to implement an immediate and comprehensive ban on the deliberate killing of all seals, to replace the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 with legislation for the comprehensive protection of seals in the forthcoming Marine Bill and to liaise with the Scottish Executive to this end.

This apparently is a Kirkcaldy seal. Wonder if we can enlist the local MP in support?


Dave H said...

That's a really cute photo. Notice how the black dot on its upper chest makes a perfect aiming mark.

The local MP is not expected to survive much longer either, thank God. At least the seal can manage to be somewhat photogenic.

The Last Of The Few said...

Good Job its not from down the road in Glenrothes.
Then it might not be a seal at all