A female seal named Keith arrived in the River Severn last month after flooding. Anglers have approached Natural England for a licence to allow a marksman to shoot it as they claim they need to defend dwindling fish stocks. We are taking his/her stock actually.
The Environment Agency have said :
“One animal in a large river like the Severn is unlikely to have a significant impact on fish stocks.
“This is natural predation and it will eventually make its own way back out to sea.
“With this is mind, and also because seals are a protected species, we won’t be taking action.”
There is a petiton to help Kevin : http://www.thepetitionsite.com/114/543/481/save-keith-the-seal/