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Sea Lions to be Shot for Eating Salmon

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Posted July 20, 2011 by Christina

A new bill in Congress would allow the National Marine Fisheries Service to shoot any sea lion they spot eating. Is that crazy, or is that crazy?

When salmon migrate up the Columbia River from Oregon to Washington, some sea lions use the opportunity to grab a couple of meals. That doesn’t sit well with anglers and the fishing industry, who want to grab more than a couple, so both states started “removing” the sea lions in 2007 until a lawsuit filed by animal protectionists put a stop to it. Now sea lions are facing the firing squad again, although human beings are still allowed to catch salmon from the Columbia River—how is that fair?

Salmon have been driven to the brink of extinction not by sea lions but by humans, who continue to gobble up fish despite the widespread collapse of fish populations. During the past 50 years, 90 percent of fish populations worldwide have been decimated, thanks to the increasing use of factory fishing trawlers that vacuum up everything—and everyone—in their path. It’s estimated that the oceans’ fish stocks will be completely depleted by 2050.

YOU can help Sea Lions. How? Go vegan, and be sure to ask your legislators not to support legislation that allows the killing of sea lions!

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  • 1890 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is just petty.

  • 1949 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats crazy! how can they do that? sea lions are suppose to eat fish, but they cant? humans aren’t suppose to eat fish, but they can? thats just plain wrong

  • 1965 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    CRUEL AND UNUSIAL PUNISHMENT -_-

  • 1967 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh My Gosh, That is so not fair! Congress Upsets Me 🙁

  • 1968 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i live in washington and the columbia river runs right through my town so this really upsets me! i personally dont fish or hunt or anything(yuck) and i dont understand how other people can?! its horrible!!!

  • 1968 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Wait, this is awful! And totally overthrowing a law that currently makes it ILLEGAL for fishermen to shoot pinnipeds. And what ever happened to the Marine Mammal Protection act of 1972???

    I actually work pinnipeds in a rehabilitation center right now. We have a pen of three young sea lion pups with gill net scars around their necks and fishing boat injuries on their mouths and flippers. Haven’t they already suffered enough? Pinnipeds are such curious, smart, amazing creatures. They’d figured out how to balance their “fishing” with the rest of the ocean’s eating habits for how many at least hundreds of years before humans showed up with salmon burgers and threw it off?

    So many of our cases come in with bullet wounds. Shooting an animal is not an effective way of killing it, anyway. Passing a law allowing fishermen to shoot pinnipeds is essentially supporting a law that allows ineffective, untrained, unthinking infliction of needless killing or unnecessary pain that lasts until the animal finally dies, more likely of agony and starvation than of the bullet wound. Uuugh frustration.

  • 1968 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I EFFING HATE SOCIETY!!!!!!!!!!! Why is it okay for US to kill millions of fish that we DON’T NEED and decide to kill sea lions that DO NEED to eat salmon just so we can kill these fish for NO REASON??????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!

  • 1968 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is horrible, sea lions are wayy to cute!

  • 1968 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    omg no! 🙁

  • 1968 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ugh nasty people… Thats not fair. I bet they wouldnt like to be on the recieving end of a gun because they want something to eat 🙁

  • 1968 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Poor sea lions! Plus, I can’t believe people still eat fish!

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