Today Bob Brown Foundation supporters gathered on the steps of Tasmania's parliament to launch the new Seals Hotline and to call on the Tasmanian government to ban all cruel seal deterrents used by the Toxic salmon industry.
Members of the public and industry whistle-blowers are being encouraged to call the new hotline on 0472 507875 if they witness seal abuse by Tasmania's salmon industry.
"The shocking abuse of protected seal species at the hands of the Toxic Tasmanian salmon industry needs to end," says Rebecca Howarth, Fish Farms and Marine Campaigner at Bob Brown Foundation. "Over a three-year period from 2018, over 75,000 seal deterrents were used against seals. Scientists have called for an investigation into the use of these deterrents but we want the government to go further and to ban them."
"Today we are launching our Seals Hotline so that the public can call in and report any abuse they have witnessed. This is not a wildlife rescue line, the public need to call the Marine Conservation Program if marine life needed rescuing or immediate assistance.
This is a new initiative for people to report wildlife abuse by Tasmania’s Salmon industry,” Bec Howarth said.
"Australian fur seals and rare Long-nosed fur seals are protected wildlife, but that doesn't stop the salmon industry from obtaining permits to shoot them with lead-filled projectiles and underwater bombs to scare them away. This unnecessary cruelty needs to stop. As well as launching our Hotline, we are here today to call on the Tasmanian government to ban all cruel seal deterrents,” Bec Howarth said.