Shoot anglers, not cormorants?
SABS have tried to disrupt the angling cormorant campaign and call for anglers to be shot instead of cormorants! The Hunt Saboteurs Association launched a misguided attempt to disrupt the Angling Trust’s Cormorant Watch website by encouraging its supporters to record bogus sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers. When the site was set up to campaign for greater controls of these fish-eating birds, which are now present in the UK in unsustainable numbers, the Angling Trust established a quality assurance protocol to avoid vexatious action such as this. The Angling Trust, which is the representative body for all anglers in England and Wales, calls on hunt saboteurs to stop wasting their time by recording false sightings because they will not be included in the final figures. The Trust urged them to understand the damage these birds are doing to fish populations and freshwater ecosystems.