- Published: Saturday, 06 September 2014 08:00
Guga controversy 'old news'
With the Guga hunters of Ness moving towards the end of their annual harvest on Sula Sgeir, national press have once again focussed on the 'barbaric' practice of killing young gannets for food. But Niseachs are up in arms about national news reports which use old press releases to generate controversy over the practice. An article in the Times newspaper this week was reported to have quoted three-year-old press releases and television footage, to give an impression of a new outcry over the Guga Hunt. Ness crofter and broadcaster Donald MacSween said: "The news media continually target a small community and attempt to bring negative world-wide attention on them through half-truths and inflammatory language. Long live the Guga Hunt!" The ten-man guga crew are due back in Ness early next week, bringing the much anticipated annual harvest with them.