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Stop Killing Sea Lions for Eating Fish

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Originally Posted: May 22, 2012

Stop Killing Sea Lions for Eating Fish

FROM ThePetitionSite.com

ACTION

Tell Governors of Washington and Oregon to stop killing sea lions at Bonneville Dam.

Sign an online petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/676/324/348/urge-the-governors-of-washington-and-oregon-to-stop-killing-sea-lions-at-bonneville-dam/ 

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Governor John Kitzhaber
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047
phone (503) 378-4582
fax (503) 378-6827

Governor Christine Gregoire
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
phone (360) 902-4111
fax (360) 753-4110

Online contact form: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, sea lions are protected from harassment by humans. However, an exception is made for specific circumstances in which sea lions are deemed to be a significant threat to salmon.

In this case, California sea lions have been observed eating endangered Columbia River chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam, on the border between Washington and Oregon.

In 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Fisheries estimated that sea lions consumed less than 2% of the salmon run. In stark contrast, approximately 17% of the salmon run in 2010 was taken annually by sport, commercial, and tribal fishermen. Furthermore, salmon face additional anthropogenic threats in the form of dams, introduction of non-native fish for sport fishermen, and destruction of habitat. Sea lions are merely convenient scapegoats.

Pledge to boycott Washington and Oregon tourism until this misconduct towards sea lions is
stopped, and let Governors Kitzhaber and Gregoire know that you want them to stop the capture and killing of sea lions 


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