Scottish SPCA Calls For End to Sea Bird Hunting
Animal rights campaigners in Scotland have called for an annual hunt of sea birds in the Western Isles to be culled. Gannet chicks, also known as Guga, have been collected and killed for years as part of tradition on the island of Sula Sgier, north of Lewis, where they are considered as a delicacy. The Scottish SPCA said the hunt should be banned and Scottish Natural Heritage, which licenses the annual hunt, said yesterday that the event will be reviewed during discussions over the next year. The hunting of seabirds is usually illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act but special licenses are granted to hunt guga. The Scottish SPCA has written to the Scottish Government and SNH requesting that plans not to monitor the hunt are reviewed if licences continue to be issued. It says that each August, 2,000 gannet chicks are beaten to death on Sula Sgier by hunters.