Marks & Spencer in Seal Killing Scandal

    • By Tom Connett

Marks & Spencer’s salmon supplier has the worst record for killing protected mammals

Marks & Spencer finds itself at the centre of a seal-culling scandal, after it was revealed that the salmon for its premium range is sourced from the Scottish fish farm with the worst record for killing the protected mammals.

The Loch Muir range is farmed for Marks & Spencer by the producer Scottish Seafarms across the north of Scotland, but the retailer now faces the prospect of protests outside its stores again. It was revealed that the Norwegian owned salmon producer had legally killed 56 seals since 2013 under a Scottish Government licence scheme.

The fish farming industry and SNP ministers in Holyrood had sought to keep the data secret, only after a victory in court by campaigners earlier this week was disclosure forced. The documents show that in 2013 and 2014 more than a third of Scotland’s 200 fish farms shot at least one seal, with a total of 173 of the mammals killed. Sottish Seafarms were responsible for killing 56 of the 173 seals.

Marks & Spencer released a statement simply stating that they had invested time and finances into ensuring that this type of incident did not happen.

There have been numerous protests out side Marks & Spencer stores in recent years over multiple scandals, including its dealings with the state of Israel.

T.Connett@theinternational.org.uk