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From 5 January 2003 Issue

Bush Administration Betrays Dolphins
From HUMANElines - www.hsus.org 

On Tuesday (12/31) the Bush Administration announced that it would weaken the requirements for tuna sold under the “dolphin-safe” label.

The dolphin-safe label was originally created to let consumers know whether tuna being sold was caught using methods that endanger or kill dolphins. However, the newly-accepted rules will allow the label to be used on tuna that was caught by dropping giant purse-seine nets over schools of dolphins.

The decision flies in the face of a recently-published government study linking the practice of targeting dolphins by tuna fisheries to a drastic decline in dolphin numbers. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report shows, among other things, a clear decline in Pacific dolphin populations to less than half their original numbers since the practice began in the 1950’s.

According to HSUS’ Kitty Block,

“This fishing method would allow harming and even killing thousands of dolphins each year in tuna nets . . . For the first time in over a decade, dolphin-deadly tuna will be sold in the United States – and what makes this so unconscionable is that this tuna will be misleadingly labeled ‘dolphin safe’.”

In response to the decision, The HSUS and several other environmental and animal protection groups have filed a lawsuit against the Bush Administration and Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans. The HSUS is also planning a massive public education campaign about the misleading nature of the “dolphin safe” tuna label.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Let Secretary Evans know that his decision to weaken the dolphin-safe tuna label is both cruel and hinges on consumer fraud. Ask him to take action to rescind the dolphin-deadly decision at once.

Secretary Donald L. Evans
Office of the Secretary
Room 5516
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20230
Ph: 202-482-2000
Email:devans@doc.gov.

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