Stop Plans to Kill California Sea Lions in Washington and Oregon

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Originally Posted: 1 October 2011

Stop Plans to Kill California Sea Lions in Washington and Oregon

[Ed. Note: Sea lions' natural predation on salmons is NOT the cause of reduction in the number of salmon. The reduction in the number of salmon is due to overfishing by humans because people continue to eat them. Go vegan!]

FROM Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

ACTION

Killing sea lions will not save Columbia River salmon. Please tell NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) to say NO to Washington and Oregon's application to kill California sea lions at Bonneville Dam in Portland.

Sign an online petition:
https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=5205&autologin=true&s_src=haCAOR092811&JServSessionIdr004=rk7kc1jv41.app305b

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

NOAA Pacific Northwest
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115-0070
phone (503) 230-5400
fax (206) 526-6865

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Sea lions are a natural predator of salmon, and the states of Oregon and Washington want to kill them for it. Dams block the passage of the fish, and their habitat has been badly damaged. To please sport fishermen, the states continue to stock non-native fish that eat millions of juvenile salmon in the Columbia River each year. They also permit fishermen to take many times more salmon than sea lions eat.

But sea lions are in their gunsights because they're an easy scapegoat. Though The Humane Society of the United States won a legal battle in the past to stop the killing, the states are again seeking permission to shoot sea lions. The federal government may grant a permit to kill close to 100 of them each year at Bonneville Dam. We need your help to stop it.


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