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Seals' heads nailed to Irish Seal Sanctuary door

07/06/2012 14:28:28

Utterly disgusting - The seal head nailed to the seal sanctuary.

The wrong way to highlight a problem

June 2012. Last week a fishing boat in Dingle (Ireland) arrived home with roughly 20 boxes of monkfish, the majority of which had been damaged by seals. This incident is one of many which fishermen claim proves that seals need to be culled.

On the morning of 7th June, an incident took place, which is to nobodies benefit, and indeed harms the reputation of the coastal community of Dingle and the fishing industry in general.

Dingle is internationally famous as the home of Fungie the friendly bottlenose Dolphin, and the town has benefited hugely from his presence.

Heads nailed to the entrance
As the staff of international and local volunteers arrived at the Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary they found the heads of a common seal and a grey seal nailed to the entrance sign into the Sanctuary, with the words Cull and RIP written in red alongside.


Wildlife Extra is speechless about this incident. We can think of no justification that merits this kind of barbarism. This could well set the fishermens cause back years.

Whoever perpetrated this needs to be aware just how counter productive this kind of action could be - With the potential to spark a boycott of Irish fish. 

The DWSS is a major tourist attraction in the Southwest region and hosts school tours. The DWSS are generous sponsors of the Irish Seal sanctuary in their work to rehabilitate seals and raise awareness of marine issues.

The Irish Seal Sanctuary is working with the Industry and scientists in attempting to resolve conflicts between fishermen and seals. Both Common and Grey seals are protected under national and European law. Whoever is responsible for this incident has done the coastal Community of Dingle no favour's and the Gardai are investigating.

While still seeking a reduction in seal numbers the Irish Fish Producers Organisation have condemned this illegal action as totally irresponsible as it only brings the fishing industry into disrepute.

The gruesome sight that faced the staff of the sanctuary when they arrived for work 


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