The Scottish Government has been secretly trying to wriggle out of a proposed US ban on imports of salmon from fish farms that shoot seals, according to documents published by The Ferret.
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are being put at risk by noise alarms used by fish farms to scare off seals.
Scotland’s salmon farming industry will lose its biggest £200 million export market to the US if it persists in shooting seals.
Hundreds of seals shot around Scotland’s coasts were pregnant, feeding their young or failed to die instantly, according to a new study.
The “naming and shaming” of the 75 salmon farms that have shot 180 seals around the Scottish coast over the last two years has prompted calls for a boycott by consumers and supermarkets.