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Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), has said "it will be shocking to many people to learn" that despite seals having protected status they can still be shot under licence to protect the salmon industry.
New figures from the Scottish government have revealed that 110 seals have been shot so far this year.
Animal rights group Peta has said there is "no justification for shooting beautiful animals" as an ITV News reveals more than 100 seals have been shot to protect salmon farms.
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Because shooting is permitted all year round dependent pups are left to starve if their mothers are shot, says charity.
The RSPCA has outlined in detail its policy on the shooting of seals that attack salmon stocks "as an absolute last resort".