Petition launched to save Keith the seal

Wanted: Keith the seal. Picture: GARY MAYNER.

Wanted: Keith the seal. Picture: GARY MAYNER.

First published in Local

KEITH fans have reacted against the Angling Trust’s demands to remove the seal from the River Severn at Bewdley.

Social media users have been sharing The Shuttle’s story and posting messages of support for Keith on Twitter and Facebook.

A petition has been launched against the Angling Trust’s claims that if nothing can be done to remove or deter the seal, it will be forced to secure a licence to shoot it using a qualified marksman.

The Angling Trust has written to a number of organisations, including the Environment Agency, demanding the seal be relocated to protect fish stocks.

The petition has already got 168 signatures in less than a day calling on the Environment Agency to act.

A twitter account @keiththeseal has also be posting messages posing as Bewdley’s favourite seal.

Fans have been showing their support by using the hashtags #savekeith and #opsavekeith.

On The Shuttle’s Facebook page, Simon Burgess has posted: "How can you shoot something so cute or for that matter, any animal at all?"

Margaret Green has left the message: "There are plenty of places to fish. Leave it alone please."

A Facebook group called Save Keith the Seal has nearly 1,000 members and a page, facebook.com/savetheseal, has 388 likes.

To sign the petition visit gopetition.com/petitions/save-keith-the-seal.html

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What are your views on Keith the Seal? Friend or Foe?

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10:22am Fri 18 Jan 13

GGmommy says...

I do not believe that Keith is a danger to children as the Anglers seem to believe. This is a scare story - will Keith waddle to a playground for a bite to eat? Will a little plump child thoughtfully go for a swim in the river for Keith to munch on? I think not.
Yes Keith may be causing change to an OPEN ecosystem, but he wont be the first or last seal in a river and unfortunatley he wont be the first or last to be shot:
http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2122863/Mystery-seal
-shot-dead-riverbank
-anglers-blamed-eati
ng-fish.html
Lets just hope Keiths body doesnt turn up on the river bank!
Seems like the EA or RSPCA need to relocate Keith before action is taken by someone else.
#saveKeith
I do not believe that Keith is a danger to children as the Anglers seem to believe. This is a scare story - will Keith waddle to a playground for a bite to eat? Will a little plump child thoughtfully go for a swim in the river for Keith to munch on? I think not. Yes Keith may be causing change to an OPEN ecosystem, but he wont be the first or last seal in a river and unfortunatley he wont be the first or last to be shot: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2122863/Mystery-seal -shot-dead-riverbank -anglers-blamed-eati ng-fish.html Lets just hope Keiths body doesnt turn up on the river bank! Seems like the EA or RSPCA need to relocate Keith before action is taken by someone else. #saveKeith GGmommy
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12:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

liberty57 says...

To suggest that keith the seal would attack a small child is utter nonsence Stuart Anderson and the Anglers trust should be utterly ashamed of such a statement
To suggest that keith the seal would attack a small child is utter nonsence Stuart Anderson and the Anglers trust should be utterly ashamed of such a statement liberty57
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10:20pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Cynical Sid says...

The Mirror are running this :-)


http://www.mirror.co
.uk/news/uk-news/kei
th-the-seal-anglers-
want-stranded-154415
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The Mirror are running this :-) http://www.mirror.co .uk/news/uk-news/kei th-the-seal-anglers- want-stranded-154415 0 Cynical Sid
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