ANIMAL rights activists have vowed to lobby the Scottish Executive and Europe to end the traditional baby gannet slaughter in the Outer Hebrides.
They want ministers at Holyrood to scrap the special exemption from European law which allows islanders to kill baby gannets, even though such hunts are normally banned. They claim that the event is little more than cruelty in the guise of culture and that there is no reason for islanders to go out and kill the birds for food. And a Labour Euro-MP has said that the right to hunt should be reviewed.
Islanders have hit back, saying the animal rights groups are little more than "serial complainers" and ministers have said they have no plans to review the right to catch the birds.
The annual "guga hunt" left from Port of Ness in the north of Lewis last Friday to sail for the tiny island of Sulaisgeir, 40 miles to the north. The word guga i
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