Mowi takes anti-salmon farming campaigner to court

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Mowi Scotland is seeking a permanent injunction to stop anti-salmon farming campaigner Don Staniford accessing its sites without permission.

Mowi says Mr Staniford, despite repeated requests not to do so, has continued to put himself and the company’s employees and animals at risk.

Scotland’s largest salmon aquaculture company has started proceedings seeking orders to prevent Mr Staniford from entering onto, attaching vessels to or approaching within 15 metres of all structures, docks, walkways, buildings, floats or pens at its farms.

Don Staniford has on numerous occasions carried out covert filming at farm sites operated by Mowi and other fish farmers, alleging welfare abuses.

Mr Staniford told Wyvex Media’s Fish Farmer publication: ‘I will be defending Mowi’s legal action in the strongest terms.  Thankfully, the truth always wins out in the end and I look forward to debating these vital legal issues in open court.’

Mowi Scotland’s chief operating officer Ben Hadfield said: ‘We have not wanted to pursue legal recourse, but we cannot stand by and watch any person risk injury to themselves or for them to intentionally or unintentionally bring harm to our employees or our fish. These incursions are dangerous, unauthorised, risk our strict health protocols and have an unacceptable impact on our dedicated employees.’