On April 29, the Clinton administration made the phrase
meaningless. Processors and canners are now allowed to use the dolphin-
safe label on tuna caught in large, encircling nets that killed an
eight million dolphins from the 1950s through the 1980s.
Fishing practices for tuna in the Eastern Pacific
include intentionally targeting
schools of dolphins because large schools of tuna swim beneath them.
this decade, pressure from consumers resulted in the "dolphin safe"
the banning of encircling nets to catch tuna, which decreased dolphin
The Commerce department has just said there was
insufficient evidence to
prove that the use of encircling nets to catch tuna has a "significant
impact" on the dolphin population. The annual death rate for dolphins
tuna fishing dropped from 100,000 a year to fewer than 3000 a year after
encirclement was banned in the United States in 1990. This is not
to the Department of Commerce?
Not when big money is involved.
The Mexican government has been demanding for years that
we import their
dolphin unsafe tuna, and argued that our failure to do so was in
GATT, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and NAFTA, and the
North American Free Trade Agreement. For some time now, the governments
of Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela have been working with free-trade
advocates in the Clinton Administration and Congress to weaken U.S.
protection laws in order to sell their dolphin-deadly tuna in the United
Not only has the U.S. government bowed to those demands, they are trying
deceive compassionate consumers by allowing the dolphin safe label to be
used on such products. Chasing, netting and killing dolphins is NOT
The three major tuna processors have said they would
continue using only
tuna caught by methods other than encirclement. Can we trust them? These
Mr. Dennis Mussell, President
(Chicken of the Sea International)
Van Camp Seafood Co. Inc.
4510 Executive Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92121
Fax: (619) 597-4282
Mr. Peter Bowen
President and CEO, Starkist Tuna
Starkist Foods, Inc.
One Riverfront Place
Newport, KY 41071
Mr. Mark Koob
President, BumbleBee Seafoods, Inc.
3990 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
Boycotts of the past have made them fearful of losing
consumers, and con-
cerned animal activists continue to let them know that a boycott could
again if they don't keep their strong, current standards for "dolphin
(no encirclement of dolphins with nets).
But why extend your compassion only to dolphins? Tuna
are thinking creatures
with a desire to live as well. Don't allow the oceans and the forests to
sacrificed for your diet. Go Vegetarian.
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