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No Excuse for Seal Slaughter in Tasmania

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 29 May 2013

The Australian Greens Spokesperson on Tasmanian Marine Issues and Tourism, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today expressed sadness and outrage at the latest incident apparently involving the illegal slaughter of protected New Zealand fur seals in Tasmania.

"As a surfer and passionate advocate of Tasmania's wild coasts and oceans I was both sad and outraged at this news," Senator Whish-Wilson said.

"We are all waiting for final word on how these seals were killed and injured but if the autopsy finds they were shot deliberately, then it must be referred to Tasmania Police for investigation.

"This could be just the tip of the iceberg, how many others could have been culled or harmed in this way?

"Slaughtering these seals is not only cruel and illegal, it risks catastrophic damage to Tasmania's brand and tourism marketing.

"I understand that seals can be a nuisance to recreational fishers, but it is important to remember that the ocean is their home.

"The Greens welcome the swift condemnation of seal shooting by the fishing community, which shows that the majority of recreational fishers don't support this kind of behaviour," he concluded.

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