Petition launched to save Keith the seal from 'drastic action'

Worcester News: Petition launched to save Keith the seal from 'drastic action' Petition launched to save Keith the seal from 'drastic action'

SUPPORTERS of Worcestershire’s celebrity seal Keith have rallied behind the animal in their hundreds amid threats to shoot her if she can’t be removed from the river Severn.

The Angling Trust said they would be forced to take drastic action and secure a licence to shoot her using a qualified marksman to protect fish stocks and other wildlife.

Fans of the wayward seal, which has been spotted in Worcester, Upton-upon-Severn and Bewdley, have set up a petition and taking to social networking websites to voice their concerns and show their support.

Within its first day the petition had already gathered more than 200 signatures, while a Facebook page has more than 420 ‘likes’.

Writing on Facebook, Nick Drummer said: “Seals are a protected species. The idea that you can just shoot a protected species because it is in an inconvenient place, or costing you a few quid is, frankly, disgusting. You can't do it to bats, orchids or butterflies, why are seals any different?”

Rebecca Drozd added: “Disgusting ...why do anglers think they should control the rivers? At least Keith is fishing to eat rather than just for sport. I hope all the canoeist and other peaceful wildlife enthusiasts sign the petition.”

While Heather Dixon wrote: “I have read the angling trusts statement and I agree that keith should go back to his natural habitat as nature intended and I feel that the EA (Environment Agency) should assist in this matter.

“However, fishing is done as a sport or hobby not as a necessity. The rivers belong to all of us not just the angling trust and to shoot an animal based on a time scale given by them would be wrong.”

The Trust has written to a number of organisations, including the Environment Agency, demanding the seal, be relocated. Concerns have also be raised about Keith eating ducks and waterfowl.

However, the agency and RSPCA said they would not take any action as the seal would naturally make her way back to the sea.

For more information and to sign the petition, go to facebook.com/savetheseal or gopetition.com/petitions/save-keith-the-seal.html.

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11:42am Fri 18 Jan 13

penelope52@btinternet.com says...

Don't shoot Keith! I'm not on Facebook - how can I sign the petition?
Don't shoot Keith! I'm not on Facebook - how can I sign the petition? penelope52@btinternet.com
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12:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13

broken6 says...

If they want to "protect fish stocks" get a special licence to get rid of Anglers!
If they want to "protect fish stocks" get a special licence to get rid of Anglers! broken6
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12:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

pudniw_gib says...

Seals used to come up the Severn more than now simply because it was tidal further up, but this does mean it is in its natural habitat and should be left alone.
I would think that the anglers dont really have a valid case though I can see them taking the law into their own hands and have a go at shooting it anyway.
Seals used to come up the Severn more than now simply because it was tidal further up, but this does mean it is in its natural habitat and should be left alone. I would think that the anglers dont really have a valid case though I can see them taking the law into their own hands and have a go at shooting it anyway. pudniw_gib
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12:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13

pinkfluff says...

broken6 wrote:
If they want to "protect fish stocks" get a special licence to get rid of Anglers!
Indeed....it's one seal. Selfish anglers will not get any empathy or sympathy from me. Shame on them!
[quote][p][bold]broken6[/bold] wrote: If they want to "protect fish stocks" get a special licence to get rid of Anglers![/p][/quote]Indeed....it's one seal. Selfish anglers will not get any empathy or sympathy from me. Shame on them! pinkfluff
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12:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13

pudniw_gib says...

Do you think any of them will come on here and try and justify shooting wildlife then?
Do you think any of them will come on here and try and justify shooting wildlife then? pudniw_gib
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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

jennifer1995 says...

No, this story is really upsetting me. Please someone at the RSPCA do something to ensure this doesn't happen. My worry is anglers will take the law into their own hands
No, this story is really upsetting me. Please someone at the RSPCA do something to ensure this doesn't happen. My worry is anglers will take the law into their own hands jennifer1995
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1:47pm Fri 18 Jan 13

LisaVentura says...

I have spoken to Andy Ottaway from the Seal Action Protection Group – www.sealaction.org – and this is our response:

Seals are a protected species so if the Angling Trust are serious about harming Keith it will be disastrous for the image of Bewdley both economically and through loss of reputation. There is no justification for this kind of action – how humane is it that anglers catch fish and then throw them back into the river?

A licence must be obtained before any action can be taken and it is extremely difficult for this kind of licence to go through. If businesses in Bewdley think that one seal who eats roughly 25lbs of a fish a day (equivalent to approximately 5 fish a day) is a threat to their livelihoods then they should consider the even bigger impact that it will have on their businesses f something happens to Keith or someone takes the law into their own hands and harms her as this will really put Bewdley and Worcestershire on the map if Keith is harmed in this way.
I have spoken to Andy Ottaway from the Seal Action Protection Group – www.sealaction.org – and this is our response: Seals are a protected species so if the Angling Trust are serious about harming Keith it will be disastrous for the image of Bewdley both economically and through loss of reputation. There is no justification for this kind of action – how humane is it that anglers catch fish and then throw them back into the river? A licence must be obtained before any action can be taken and it is extremely difficult for this kind of licence to go through. If businesses in Bewdley think that one seal who eats roughly 25lbs of a fish a day (equivalent to approximately 5 fish a day) is a threat to their livelihoods then they should consider the even bigger impact that it will have on their businesses f something happens to Keith or someone takes the law into their own hands and harms her as this will really put Bewdley and Worcestershire on the map if Keith is harmed in this way. LisaVentura
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2:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

LisaVentura says...

The Angling Trust is off their head
It seems they want Keith dead
What a bunch of morons they are
Do they think their request will go far?

They are idiots of the first degree
They are as selfish as selfish can be
I’m outraged to think they have the right
To shoot Keith and banish her out of sight

Please sign the petition, give Keith your support
She’s done nothing wrong apart from caught
A few fish to satisfy her hunger and eat
She deserves to have a bit of meat

So to all you anglers who think Keith’s a threat
Stick your request up your a**s, and please let
This lovely seal stay, live and let live
She has such a lot of pleasure to give
The Angling Trust is off their head It seems they want Keith dead What a bunch of morons they are Do they think their request will go far? They are idiots of the first degree They are as selfish as selfish can be I’m outraged to think they have the right To shoot Keith and banish her out of sight Please sign the petition, give Keith your support She’s done nothing wrong apart from caught A few fish to satisfy her hunger and eat She deserves to have a bit of meat So to all you anglers who think Keith’s a threat Stick your request up your a**s, and please let This lovely seal stay, live and let live She has such a lot of pleasure to give LisaVentura
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5:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Ralph123 says...

If all else fails, write a poem! That'll show 'em. Oh how I chuckled.
If all else fails, write a poem! That'll show 'em. Oh how I chuckled. Ralph123
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9:05am Sat 19 Jan 13

pinkfluff says...

Well done Keith!! Made the nationals!

Lets hope she gets loads of support :-)

Writing a poem is better than doing nothing against the anglers trying to protect "their" fish stocks.
Well done Keith!! Made the nationals! Lets hope she gets loads of support :-) Writing a poem is better than doing nothing against the anglers trying to protect "their" fish stocks. pinkfluff
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10:03am Sat 19 Jan 13

MJI says...

Stuff the fish SAVE THE DUCKS!
Stuff the fish SAVE THE DUCKS! MJI
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10:19am Sat 19 Jan 13

lizzyloolah says...

What is the matter with these people?? I have signed the petition and shared it on my FB. Come on everyone, SIGN!

http://www.gopetitio
n.com/petitions/save
-keith-the-seal/sign
.html#se
What is the matter with these people?? I have signed the petition and shared it on my FB. Come on everyone, SIGN! http://www.gopetitio n.com/petitions/save -keith-the-seal/sign .html#se lizzyloolah
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10:24am Sat 19 Jan 13

pinkfluff says...

MJI wrote:
Stuff the fish SAVE THE DUCKS!
Nothing wrong with a balanced diet :-)
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: Stuff the fish SAVE THE DUCKS![/p][/quote]Nothing wrong with a balanced diet :-) pinkfluff
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11:09am Sat 19 Jan 13

timevans says...

indeed, I've had enough of horse
indeed, I've had enough of horse timevans
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11:13am Sat 19 Jan 13

longpete says...

Anglers have been killing wildlife with their lead weights, broken lines and stray hooks for ages. Not to mention the suffering they inflict on the fish in their so-called "sport". Now they want to shoot a seal that takes five of their fish a day. Poor darlings.

It's a shame the seals can't shoot an angler every so often until they learn to stop being such a bunch of selfish, murderous jerks.
Anglers have been killing wildlife with their lead weights, broken lines and stray hooks for ages. Not to mention the suffering they inflict on the fish in their so-called "sport". Now they want to shoot a seal that takes five of their fish a day. Poor darlings. It's a shame the seals can't shoot an angler every so often until they learn to stop being such a bunch of selfish, murderous jerks. longpete
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11:17am Sat 19 Jan 13

longpete says...

BY the way, I'm not signing the petition since it asks for the seal to be relocated. Just leave it where it is. If it's in danger, then relocate it. As far as I can see, its only danger is from idiot anglers. Relocate them!
BY the way, I'm not signing the petition since it asks for the seal to be relocated. Just leave it where it is. If it's in danger, then relocate it. As far as I can see, its only danger is from idiot anglers. Relocate them! longpete
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11:33am Sat 19 Jan 13

Gerry Taggart says...

A few years ago, a cormorant was catching fish ( as they do) and the anglers were up in arms. Then Councillor Amos thought that gulls should learn to resist the enticing smell of unfiltered fried chicken fumes coming out of KFC.

Even funnier, a man who ran a prIvate fishing pool stocked with mirror carp (not even a native fish)complained that ottters were catching his fish.

For a few years, the Peregine Falcon family have been nesting on teh St Andrews Spire. They're not there for fun; they're there to kill other birds to eat. We never whinge about them.

Horror of horrors! Whatever next? Maybe a monster pike will be seen eating small fish. That'll have to be killed too.

By the way, who qualifies marksmen? As far as I know, it's only the Armed Forces and Police who have these people. Who's going to call out a sniper to kill a seal?
A few years ago, a cormorant was catching fish ( as they do) and the anglers were up in arms. Then Councillor Amos thought that gulls should learn to resist the enticing smell of unfiltered fried chicken fumes coming out of KFC. Even funnier, a man who ran a prIvate fishing pool stocked with mirror carp (not even a native fish)complained that ottters were catching his fish. For a few years, the Peregine Falcon family have been nesting on teh St Andrews Spire. They're not there for fun; they're there to kill other birds to eat. We never whinge about them. Horror of horrors! Whatever next? Maybe a monster pike will be seen eating small fish. That'll have to be killed too. By the way, who qualifies marksmen? As far as I know, it's only the Armed Forces and Police who have these people. Who's going to call out a sniper to kill a seal? Gerry Taggart
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12:01pm Sat 19 Jan 13

LisaVentura says...

She's made the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Mirror today, the petition has over 1600 signatures on it and the facebook page now has over 1700 likes on it.

Please show your support and sign the petition - http://www.gopetitio
n.com/petitions/save
-keith-the-seal.html


And like the facebook page - www.facebook.com/sav
etheseal
She's made the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Mirror today, the petition has over 1600 signatures on it and the facebook page now has over 1700 likes on it. Please show your support and sign the petition - http://www.gopetitio n.com/petitions/save -keith-the-seal.html And like the facebook page - www.facebook.com/sav etheseal LisaVentura
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1:23pm Sat 19 Jan 13

sharpy says...

Rivers up !!! well it's over the fish and half way up the ducks, if there are any left
Rivers up !!! well it's over the fish and half way up the ducks, if there are any left sharpy
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1:58pm Sat 19 Jan 13

The Doosra says...

If something untoward happens to Keith, may I suggest open season on Anglers?
If something untoward happens to Keith, may I suggest open season on Anglers? The Doosra
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3:23pm Sat 19 Jan 13

scolesy says...

I spoke to some Canadian friends the other night,they wanted to know if Worcester was good for clubbing,,,,,
I spoke to some Canadian friends the other night,they wanted to know if Worcester was good for clubbing,,,,, scolesy
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3:30pm Sat 19 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

Good grief! This is getting out of hand.
As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news.
This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting.
I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus.
For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development.
I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot!
Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one.
I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.
Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe. bobby47
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4:39pm Sat 19 Jan 13

nigeaa says...

pudniw_gib wrote:
Seals used to come up the Severn more than now simply because it was tidal further up, but this does mean it is in its natural habitat and should be left alone.
I would think that the anglers dont really have a valid case though I can see them taking the law into their own hands and have a go at shooting it anyway.
Yes yes yes sign sign sign, social networking at its best, sign sign sign give the barbel a break and sign to get Keith relocated.note to self "put club in rod holdall"
[quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: Seals used to come up the Severn more than now simply because it was tidal further up, but this does mean it is in its natural habitat and should be left alone. I would think that the anglers dont really have a valid case though I can see them taking the law into their own hands and have a go at shooting it anyway.[/p][/quote]Yes yes yes sign sign sign, social networking at its best, sign sign sign give the barbel a break and sign to get Keith relocated.note to self "put club in rod holdall" nigeaa
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5:13pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Guy66 says...

The Conservation of Seals Act (1970) protects common seals during their breeding season, although seals causing damage to fishing gear, or taking fish from nets, may be killed under licence. The Act also allows seals to be fully protected when required. Following the 1988 seal plague, common seals in England, Wales and Scotland were given year-round protection.
The Conservation of Seals Act (1970) protects common seals during their breeding season, although seals causing damage to fishing gear, or taking fish from nets, may be killed under licence. The Act also allows seals to be fully protected when required. Following the 1988 seal plague, common seals in England, Wales and Scotland were given year-round protection. Guy66
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6:55pm Sat 19 Jan 13

dulon says...

just had a friend come back from centre parcs . Apparently it is overrun with grey squirrels . As it has a fluffy tail and a deadly virus to the red squirrel ' nothing is done at them despite a distinct shortage of small song bird species . As a countryman he was appalled at the stupid behaviour of some parents encouraging their kids to feed them by hand. If the 'grey' had a naked tail and more similarity to a rat would it still be held in such esteem ? The seal has big sad eyes and is therefore caricatured by our sensibilities to be cuddly It is destructive no doubt . But so too are the mink and the cormorant. We have screwed up the ecosystem enough with our pollution and farming practises etc .
Just relocate the bloody thing back to the severn estuary and then concentrate on why the salmon have disappeared over the past 150 years.
just had a friend come back from centre parcs . Apparently it is overrun with grey squirrels . As it has a fluffy tail and a deadly virus to the red squirrel ' nothing is done at them despite a distinct shortage of small song bird species . As a countryman he was appalled at the stupid behaviour of some parents encouraging their kids to feed them by hand. If the 'grey' had a naked tail and more similarity to a rat would it still be held in such esteem ? The seal has big sad eyes and is therefore caricatured by our sensibilities to be cuddly [too much disney not enough reality] It is destructive no doubt . But so too are the mink [dont hear much about them cos they are mostly active at night] and the cormorant. We have screwed up the ecosystem enough with our pollution and farming practises etc . Just relocate the bloody thing back to the severn estuary and then concentrate on why the salmon have disappeared over the past 150 years. dulon
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7:08pm Sat 19 Jan 13

blueworcs says...

bobby47 wrote:
Good grief! This is getting out of hand.
As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news.
This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting.
I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus.
For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development.
I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot!
Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one.
I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.
If the Seal takes a hit, we will cut off more than your fishing lines....Capiche?
[quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.[/p][/quote]If the Seal takes a hit, we will cut off more than your fishing lines....Capiche? blueworcs
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7:47pm Sat 19 Jan 13

scolesy says...

blueworcs wrote:
bobby47 wrote:
Good grief! This is getting out of hand.
As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news.
This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting.
I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus.
For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development.
I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot!
Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one.
I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.
If the Seal takes a hit, we will cut off more than your fishing lines....Capiche?
Cut off more then fishing lines??? Very murky waters we'er going here,,any way no need for the use of fire arms,one good black widow and a nice round stone will do,and we all know most fisherman carry one to fire bait,,.Job done and I might even go home with a nice warm pair of slippers,,,,,,,,,,,,
[quote][p][bold]blueworcs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.[/p][/quote]If the Seal takes a hit, we will cut off more than your fishing lines....Capiche?[/p][/quote]Cut off more then fishing lines??? Very murky waters we'er going here,,any way no need for the use of fire arms,one good black widow and a nice round stone will do,and we all know most fisherman carry one to fire bait,,.Job done and I might even go home with a nice warm pair of slippers,,,,,,,,,,,, scolesy
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7:57pm Sat 19 Jan 13

scolesy says...

By the way a real pair of inuit slippers go for over £200. I might think a pair of Keiths' might go for more,any offers????
By the way a real pair of inuit slippers go for over £200. I might think a pair of Keiths' might go for more,any offers???? scolesy
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8:00pm Sat 19 Jan 13

scolesy says...

Starting bid £50,,,,,,,,,,
Starting bid £50,,,,,,,,,, scolesy
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8:12pm Sat 19 Jan 13

The Doosra says...

Hmmm - a stuffed Angler over my mantlepiece.........
.now there's a thought.
Hmmm - a stuffed Angler over my mantlepiece......... .now there's a thought. The Doosra
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8:31pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Biggles says...

bobby47 wrote:
Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.
Brilliant,
.
I'm an angler too, I'll not be signing any petition, it's only a poxy seal, just get rid of it and stop being sentimental !
.
We could bring back hunting with hounds too, that'd get the townies crying.
[quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.[/p][/quote]Brilliant, . I'm an angler too, I'll not be signing any petition, it's only a poxy seal, just get rid of it and stop being sentimental ! . We could bring back hunting with hounds too, that'd get the townies crying. Biggles
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8:48pm Sat 19 Jan 13

scolesy says...

By the way a real pair of inuit slippers go for over £200. I might think a pair of Keiths' might go for more,any offers????
By the way a real pair of inuit slippers go for over £200. I might think a pair of Keiths' might go for more,any offers???? scolesy
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9:33pm Sat 19 Jan 13

The Doosra says...

Biggles wrote:
bobby47 wrote:
Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.
Brilliant,
.
I'm an angler too, I'll not be signing any petition, it's only a poxy seal, just get rid of it and stop being sentimental !
.
We could bring back hunting with hounds too, that'd get the townies crying.
The seal is hunting to live - you're hunting for sport. There's the difference..
[quote][p][bold]Biggles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.[/p][/quote]Brilliant, . I'm an angler too, I'll not be signing any petition, it's only a poxy seal, just get rid of it and stop being sentimental ! . We could bring back hunting with hounds too, that'd get the townies crying.[/p][/quote]The seal is hunting to live - you're hunting for sport. There's the difference.. The Doosra
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9:41pm Sat 19 Jan 13

scolesy says...

blueworcs wrote:
bobby47 wrote:
Good grief! This is getting out of hand.
As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news.
This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting.
I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus.
For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development.
I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot!
Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one.
I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.
If the Seal takes a hit, we will cut off more than your fishing lines....Capiche?
Cut off more then fishing lines??? Very murky waters we'er going here,,any way no need for the use of fire arms,one good black widow and a nice round stone will do,and we all know most fisherman carry one to fire bait,,.Job done and I might even go home with a nice warm pair of slippers,,,,,,,,,,,,
[quote][p][bold]blueworcs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.[/p][/quote]If the Seal takes a hit, we will cut off more than your fishing lines....Capiche?[/p][/quote]Cut off more then fishing lines??? Very murky waters we'er going here,,any way no need for the use of fire arms,one good black widow and a nice round stone will do,and we all know most fisherman carry one to fire bait,,.Job done and I might even go home with a nice warm pair of slippers,,,,,,,,,,,, scolesy
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9:58pm Sat 19 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

Good God! Well if these two forms of grevious bodily harm are on the table and theres nothing else hidden in the pipeline, I'll go for being shot rather than the terrible castration that my good friend Blueworcs has so well described.
Let me assure all of you Posters who are supporting Keith and make my position clear before some fool goes off at a tangent and seeks me out on the River.
I have no intention of hurting this member of the animal kingdom and i have no wish to hear that he has been harmed.
So keen am I to retain my testicles and not be shot let me say this!
If this beast decides to leave his watery habitat, crawl up the river bank, eat my bait, trash my rod and reel and even succeed in mating with me, there'll be no angry response from me.
I will quietly gather up my belongings, leave the river bank and with good fortune, i'll make a full recovery from this very unpleasant encounter with this member of the animal kingdom and live out the rest of my life in peace.
My warmest regards to you all.
Good God! Well if these two forms of grevious bodily harm are on the table and theres nothing else hidden in the pipeline, I'll go for being shot rather than the terrible castration that my good friend Blueworcs has so well described. Let me assure all of you Posters who are supporting Keith and make my position clear before some fool goes off at a tangent and seeks me out on the River. I have no intention of hurting this member of the animal kingdom and i have no wish to hear that he has been harmed. So keen am I to retain my testicles and not be shot let me say this! If this beast decides to leave his watery habitat, crawl up the river bank, eat my bait, trash my rod and reel and even succeed in mating with me, there'll be no angry response from me. I will quietly gather up my belongings, leave the river bank and with good fortune, i'll make a full recovery from this very unpleasant encounter with this member of the animal kingdom and live out the rest of my life in peace. My warmest regards to you all. bobby47
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10:33pm Sat 19 Jan 13

The Doosra says...

bobby47 wrote:
Good God! Well if these two forms of grevious bodily harm are on the table and theres nothing else hidden in the pipeline, I'll go for being shot rather than the terrible castration that my good friend Blueworcs has so well described.
Let me assure all of you Posters who are supporting Keith and make my position clear before some fool goes off at a tangent and seeks me out on the River.
I have no intention of hurting this member of the animal kingdom and i have no wish to hear that he has been harmed.
So keen am I to retain my testicles and not be shot let me say this!
If this beast decides to leave his watery habitat, crawl up the river bank, eat my bait, trash my rod and reel and even succeed in mating with me, there'll be no angry response from me.
I will quietly gather up my belongings, leave the river bank and with good fortune, i'll make a full recovery from this very unpleasant encounter with this member of the animal kingdom and live out the rest of my life in peace.
My warmest regards to you all.
Bobby, I get the joke even if some others don't!
[quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good God! Well if these two forms of grevious bodily harm are on the table and theres nothing else hidden in the pipeline, I'll go for being shot rather than the terrible castration that my good friend Blueworcs has so well described. Let me assure all of you Posters who are supporting Keith and make my position clear before some fool goes off at a tangent and seeks me out on the River. I have no intention of hurting this member of the animal kingdom and i have no wish to hear that he has been harmed. So keen am I to retain my testicles and not be shot let me say this! If this beast decides to leave his watery habitat, crawl up the river bank, eat my bait, trash my rod and reel and even succeed in mating with me, there'll be no angry response from me. I will quietly gather up my belongings, leave the river bank and with good fortune, i'll make a full recovery from this very unpleasant encounter with this member of the animal kingdom and live out the rest of my life in peace. My warmest regards to you all.[/p][/quote]Bobby, I get the joke even if some others don't! The Doosra
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8:52am Sun 20 Jan 13

spider666 says...

broken6 wrote:
If they want to "protect fish stocks" get a special licence to get rid of Anglers!
Anglers pay a licence fee and that money goes towards looking after our rivers,helping to keep them clean and allowing restocking of fish when and where needed after things like accidental spillages into rivers or droughts.Also it allows for vital research to help maintain fish populationsNo anglers mean no vital revenue for this.
[quote][p][bold]broken6[/bold] wrote: If they want to "protect fish stocks" get a special licence to get rid of Anglers![/p][/quote]Anglers pay a licence fee and that money goes towards looking after our rivers,helping to keep them clean and allowing restocking of fish when and where needed after things like accidental spillages into rivers or droughts.Also it allows for vital research to help maintain fish populationsNo anglers mean no vital revenue for this. spider666
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8:57am Sun 20 Jan 13

spider666 says...

pudniw_gib wrote:
Do you think any of them will come on here and try and justify shooting wildlife then?
I'm an angler and i certainly do NOT want Keith or any other wildlife killed for any reason.Seals,cormora
nts etc have a place in our eco system the same as any other creature.
[quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: Do you think any of them will come on here and try and justify shooting wildlife then?[/p][/quote]I'm an angler and i certainly do NOT want Keith or any other wildlife killed for any reason.Seals,cormora nts etc have a place in our eco system the same as any other creature. spider666
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9:04am Sun 20 Jan 13

spider666 says...

bobby47 wrote:
Good God! Well if these two forms of grevious bodily harm are on the table and theres nothing else hidden in the pipeline, I'll go for being shot rather than the terrible castration that my good friend Blueworcs has so well described.
Let me assure all of you Posters who are supporting Keith and make my position clear before some fool goes off at a tangent and seeks me out on the River.
I have no intention of hurting this member of the animal kingdom and i have no wish to hear that he has been harmed.
So keen am I to retain my testicles and not be shot let me say this!
If this beast decides to leave his watery habitat, crawl up the river bank, eat my bait, trash my rod and reel and even succeed in mating with me, there'll be no angry response from me.
I will quietly gather up my belongings, leave the river bank and with good fortune, i'll make a full recovery from this very unpleasant encounter with this member of the animal kingdom and live out the rest of my life in peace.
My warmest regards to you all.
Brilliant ;-)
[quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good God! Well if these two forms of grevious bodily harm are on the table and theres nothing else hidden in the pipeline, I'll go for being shot rather than the terrible castration that my good friend Blueworcs has so well described. Let me assure all of you Posters who are supporting Keith and make my position clear before some fool goes off at a tangent and seeks me out on the River. I have no intention of hurting this member of the animal kingdom and i have no wish to hear that he has been harmed. So keen am I to retain my testicles and not be shot let me say this! If this beast decides to leave his watery habitat, crawl up the river bank, eat my bait, trash my rod and reel and even succeed in mating with me, there'll be no angry response from me. I will quietly gather up my belongings, leave the river bank and with good fortune, i'll make a full recovery from this very unpleasant encounter with this member of the animal kingdom and live out the rest of my life in peace. My warmest regards to you all.[/p][/quote]Brilliant ;-) spider666
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11:24am Sun 20 Jan 13

blueworcs says...

Great post Bobby47 ;-)...But watch out, according to The Malvern Gazzette there are TWO of them and they could have KIDS......
Great post Bobby47 ;-)...But watch out, according to The Malvern Gazzette there are TWO of them and they could have KIDS...... blueworcs
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11:43am Sun 20 Jan 13

Biggles says...

The Doosra wrote:
Biggles wrote:
bobby47 wrote: Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.
Brilliant, . I'm an angler too, I'll not be signing any petition, it's only a poxy seal, just get rid of it and stop being sentimental ! . We could bring back hunting with hounds too, that'd get the townies crying.
The seal is hunting to live - you're hunting for sport. There's the difference..
I am/We are, top of the food chain, the seal isn't, that is the major difference.
.
I/we decide if it lives, if it is is relocated, left alone, or becomes slippers.
.
All this handwringing is just sentimental rubbish.
.
There are thousands of humans needlessly dieing every day, we need to worry about that, not a seal !
[quote][p][bold]The Doosra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biggles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good grief! This is getting out of hand. As an angler I'll be damned if I sit there dragging on my hand rolled cigarette waiting for my quiver tip to twitch and being worried that some fool aims his firearm at me and dispatches a bullet in response to this thread of news. This type of response, namely to shoot an angler is foolhardy, criminal and if I turn out to be the recipient of the aforementioned bullet, extremely inconvenient and upsetting. I'll be damned if I drag myself out of bed, scurry down to the river and then find myself looking out for citizens armed with a weapon intent on sending me off to meet our Sweet Loving Jesus. For my part, I'll not sit back and be shot simply because Im an angler. From hereon, anyone who approaches me with a gun muttering, ' Im a friend of Keith', I'll respond and defend myself against this worrying development. I mean, this could catch on. Good people like me could leave home intent upon catching a barbel only to return riddled with bullets or shot! Im not standing for this. Im going to the top with this one. I refuse to sit back and allow myself to be shot dead by some fool intent upon keeping Keith safe.[/p][/quote]Brilliant, . I'm an angler too, I'll not be signing any petition, it's only a poxy seal, just get rid of it and stop being sentimental ! . We could bring back hunting with hounds too, that'd get the townies crying.[/p][/quote]The seal is hunting to live - you're hunting for sport. There's the difference..[/p][/quote]I am/We are, top of the food chain, the seal isn't, that is the major difference. . I/we decide if it lives, if it is is relocated, left alone, or becomes slippers. . All this handwringing is just sentimental rubbish. . There are thousands of humans needlessly dieing every day, we need to worry about that, not a seal ! Biggles
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12:32pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Werintrouble says...

This bobby47 is either insane or a genius. I've read lots of his Postings and as yet Im undecided.
This bobby47 is either insane or a genius. I've read lots of his Postings and as yet Im undecided. Werintrouble
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2:26pm Sun 20 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

Weintrouble, This is a knotty conundrum isn't it?, especially when the subject is bloody me.
As for 'being a genius'. Most certainly No!
Which brings me to the other bloody option which is slightly less appealing, namely, the state of my current mental health.
Let me answer you in the kindest and most restrained way I can. Get Stuffed!
Weintrouble, This is a knotty conundrum isn't it?, especially when the subject is bloody me. As for 'being a genius'. Most certainly No! Which brings me to the other bloody option which is slightly less appealing, namely, the state of my current mental health. Let me answer you in the kindest and most restrained way I can. Get Stuffed! bobby47
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2:35pm Sun 20 Jan 13

spider666 says...

bobby47 wrote:
Weintrouble, This is a knotty conundrum isn't it?, especially when the subject is bloody me.
As for 'being a genius'. Most certainly No!
Which brings me to the other bloody option which is slightly less appealing, namely, the state of my current mental health.
Let me answer you in the kindest and most restrained way I can. Get Stuffed!
Hmmmm Stuffed seal ---now there's a sunday alternative lol
[quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Weintrouble, This is a knotty conundrum isn't it?, especially when the subject is bloody me. As for 'being a genius'. Most certainly No! Which brings me to the other bloody option which is slightly less appealing, namely, the state of my current mental health. Let me answer you in the kindest and most restrained way I can. Get Stuffed![/p][/quote]Hmmmm Stuffed seal ---now there's a sunday alternative lol spider666
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3:00pm Sun 20 Jan 13

goodygoody says...

Biggles, I have the capacity to feel compassion towards all the human race and their suffering and still have the capacity for worrying about Keith and still have room to worry about the birds in my garden. We should have endless compassion.
Biggles, I have the capacity to feel compassion towards all the human race and their suffering and still have the capacity for worrying about Keith and still have room to worry about the birds in my garden. We should have endless compassion. goodygoody
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3:30pm Sun 20 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

Sweet Loving Jesus Ive only just noted the Post from my good friend blueworcs who reports that there are two seals and they may have pups!
Before some fool begins to drag my good name through the mud or in this case across a flooded field en route to the river, I'll not be accused of breaching my covenant with God and all that good and holy and be held up as the father of these pups.
I'll be damned if this ugly rumour catches fire, gains momentum resulting in the Constable tasering me and hauling me before the Magistrate accused of some unnatural act with a member of the animal kingdom.
That's its come to this! Having to defend myself against a paternity claim involving seals.
I ain't having it!
Sweet Loving Jesus Ive only just noted the Post from my good friend blueworcs who reports that there are two seals and they may have pups! Before some fool begins to drag my good name through the mud or in this case across a flooded field en route to the river, I'll not be accused of breaching my covenant with God and all that good and holy and be held up as the father of these pups. I'll be damned if this ugly rumour catches fire, gains momentum resulting in the Constable tasering me and hauling me before the Magistrate accused of some unnatural act with a member of the animal kingdom. That's its come to this! Having to defend myself against a paternity claim involving seals. I ain't having it! bobby47
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3:37pm Sun 20 Jan 13

induby says...

I find it very sad that an animal simply goes the wrong way, a mistake which im sure we've all done at some point and has got its self lost, it has no signs or anyone to ask for directions, so its just making the best of the situation and apart from munching himself a few fish which i'm sure considering the size of the Severn and the distance this seal has travelled really does little to deplenish fish stocks at all! and for that he deserves to die? why because someone who likes to sit and catch fish and put them back, feels like that wont be quite as fruitful if there is a seal in a 10 mile radius, its simply ridiculous seals travel up rivers, it happens! its not the first and it wont be the last and the fact is one seal is not going to do any damage.
I mean the way these anglers are going on its like jaws is camping out in Bewdley eating little children and puppies.
Seriously anglers lets get some perspective!
I find it very sad that an animal simply goes the wrong way, a mistake which im sure we've all done at some point and has got its self lost, it has no signs or anyone to ask for directions, so its just making the best of the situation and apart from munching himself a few fish which i'm sure considering the size of the Severn and the distance this seal has travelled really does little to deplenish fish stocks at all! and for that he deserves to die? why because someone who likes to sit and catch fish and put them back, feels like that wont be quite as fruitful if there is a seal in a 10 mile radius, its simply ridiculous seals travel up rivers, it happens! its not the first and it wont be the last and the fact is one seal is not going to do any damage. I mean the way these anglers are going on its like jaws is camping out in Bewdley eating little children and puppies. Seriously anglers lets get some perspective! induby
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4:04pm Sun 20 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

Induby, Im an angler and I don't want that to happen.
For the most part anglers love wildlife and probably do a great deal more than most to preserve the wildlife found in and around are rivers.
Truthfully, I think some of the Posters are simply joking and I don't want you to be hurt by any comments here.
It's just silly humour and should be dismissed as simple fun.
I wouldn't want this lovely animal to be removed from the river just to allow me to fish and I think that all the angling posters probably feel the same.
They are just, like me, being a little silly and generating a little humour in these hard times.
My very warmest regards to you and all who wish to see this great creature kept safe.
Induby, Im an angler and I don't want that to happen. For the most part anglers love wildlife and probably do a great deal more than most to preserve the wildlife found in and around are rivers. Truthfully, I think some of the Posters are simply joking and I don't want you to be hurt by any comments here. It's just silly humour and should be dismissed as simple fun. I wouldn't want this lovely animal to be removed from the river just to allow me to fish and I think that all the angling posters probably feel the same. They are just, like me, being a little silly and generating a little humour in these hard times. My very warmest regards to you and all who wish to see this great creature kept safe. bobby47
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4:20pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Maggie Would says...

The Doosra wrote:
bobby47 wrote:
Good God! Well if these two forms of grevious bodily harm are on the table and theres nothing else hidden in the pipeline, I'll go for being shot rather than the terrible castration that my good friend Blueworcs has so well described.
Let me assure all of you Posters who are supporting Keith and make my position clear before some fool goes off at a tangent and seeks me out on the River.
I have no intention of hurting this member of the animal kingdom and i have no wish to hear that he has been harmed.
So keen am I to retain my testicles and not be shot let me say this!
If this beast decides to leave his watery habitat, crawl up the river bank, eat my bait, trash my rod and reel and even succeed in mating with me, there'll be no angry response from me.
I will quietly gather up my belongings, leave the river bank and with good fortune, i'll make a full recovery from this very unpleasant encounter with this member of the animal kingdom and live out the rest of my life in peace.
My warmest regards to you all.
Bobby, I get the joke even if some others don't!
Oh, so do I, the best laugh I've had in ages!
[quote][p][bold]The Doosra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobby47[/bold] wrote: Good God! Well if these two forms of grevious bodily harm are on the table and theres nothing else hidden in the pipeline, I'll go for being shot rather than the terrible castration that my good friend Blueworcs has so well described. Let me assure all of you Posters who are supporting Keith and make my position clear before some fool goes off at a tangent and seeks me out on the River. I have no intention of hurting this member of the animal kingdom and i have no wish to hear that he has been harmed. So keen am I to retain my testicles and not be shot let me say this! If this beast decides to leave his watery habitat, crawl up the river bank, eat my bait, trash my rod and reel and even succeed in mating with me, there'll be no angry response from me. I will quietly gather up my belongings, leave the river bank and with good fortune, i'll make a full recovery from this very unpleasant encounter with this member of the animal kingdom and live out the rest of my life in peace. My warmest regards to you all.[/p][/quote]Bobby, I get the joke even if some others don't![/p][/quote]Oh, so do I, the best laugh I've had in ages! Maggie Would
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6:05pm Sun 20 Jan 13

induby says...

bobby47,
whilst I appreciate there is humour in your posts and making light of this situation, I genuinely believe that there are anglers out there/reading this who will be more than ready to blame a bad days catch on keith the seal, and unfortunately i also think those who naively and stupidly think that way might take the situation into there own hands.
bobby47, whilst I appreciate there is humour in your posts and making light of this situation, I genuinely believe that there are anglers out there/reading this who will be more than ready to blame a bad days catch on keith the seal, and unfortunately i also think those who naively and stupidly think that way might take the situation into there own hands. induby
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6:21pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Ralph123 says...

The reality of the situation, which everyone seems to have realised, is that no one is going to legally shoot Keith. I'm not overly convinced that anyone actually wants to.

Unfortunately no amount of petitioning and poem writing (had to add that i there) is going to stop some mad vigilante taking a pot shot.

Enjoy Keith, watch her munch on a Salmon or two, before you know it she'll have made her way back to the sea never to be seen again and her legacy will just be a massive debate that nobody really needed to have about people who didn't really want to kill her in the first place!!
The reality of the situation, which everyone seems to have realised, is that no one is going to legally shoot Keith. I'm not overly convinced that anyone actually wants to. Unfortunately no amount of petitioning and poem writing (had to add that i there) is going to stop some mad vigilante taking a pot shot. Enjoy Keith, watch her munch on a Salmon or two, before you know it she'll have made her way back to the sea never to be seen again and her legacy will just be a massive debate that nobody really needed to have about people who didn't really want to kill her in the first place!! Ralph123
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6:26pm Sun 20 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

And Ralph, you my good friend have summed it all up.
My warmest regards to all of you and a very Happy New Year. Bye to all.
And Ralph, you my good friend have summed it all up. My warmest regards to all of you and a very Happy New Year. Bye to all. bobby47
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12:22pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Andy-Apache says...

What a great thread! :-D

I have angled in the past - though in the sea when I lived near, from the beach or my boat, but I ate my catch. Hunting? No, not really, especially when you are throwing back your catch. Just a quiet way to spend a few hours with nature, or a way to fill your freezer as was my case.

As pretty much everyone has said, I very much doubt any sane angler wants to shoot a seal! Or any sane angler thinks a single seal will reduce fish stocks (leave that to the run off from the fields following floods covering spawn - that will have a major impact)

I imagine, in internet parlance, this has been a rather entertaining and very successful 'troll'
What a great thread! :-D I have angled in the past - though in the sea when I lived near, from the beach or my boat, but I ate my catch. Hunting? No, not really, especially when you are throwing back your catch. Just a quiet way to spend a few hours with nature, or a way to fill your freezer as was my case. As pretty much everyone has said, I very much doubt any sane angler wants to shoot a seal! Or any sane angler thinks a single seal will reduce fish stocks (leave that to the run off from the fields following floods covering spawn - that will have a major impact) I imagine, in internet parlance, this has been a rather entertaining and very successful 'troll' Andy-Apache
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1:18pm Mon 21 Jan 13

®og says...

I wondered if there was more than one Seal so I have checked the photo in this article with my original Keith photos from the Ketch Caravan Park and I can confirm that the head and neck markings are the same - so this seal is Keith - I there is another Seal then we need some good head and neck photos to tell them apart.
I wondered if there was more than one Seal so I have checked the photo in this article with my original Keith photos from the Ketch Caravan Park and I can confirm that the head and neck markings are the same - so this seal is Keith - I there is another Seal then we need some good head and neck photos to tell them apart. ®og
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10:37pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Elgol2012 says...

How pathetic the Angling Trust and anyone who supports its position on this is. One can only hope its members lobby for it to drop this ridiculous campaign.
How pathetic the Angling Trust and anyone who supports its position on this is. One can only hope its members lobby for it to drop this ridiculous campaign. Elgol2012
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2:10pm Tue 22 Jan 13

scolesy says...

SLIPPERS!!!!
SLIPPERS!!!! scolesy
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