On March 15, 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States Department of Commerce, authorized the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington to take lethal measures to remove up to 92 California sea lions from the Bonneville Dam. Per the letter signed by James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, the animals identified to be predators of endangered salmon can be shot by qualified marksmen as soon as MARCH 20, 2012! According to the Humane Society of the United States "killing sea lions will do little more than waste their lives with no appreciable benefit to the fish."
On March 19, 2012, The Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit to SAVE the Bonneville Sea Lions.
MARCH 22 URGENT UPDATE: A FEDERAL JUDGE TODAY DENIED A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER FILED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES. PER THE JUDGE'S RULING, UP TO 30 SEA LIONS CAN BE KILLED BY LETHAL INJECTION. A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE SAYS THEY HAVE TRAPS IN PLACE & ARE READY TO BEGIN KILLING! For more follow this link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/judge-limits-but-does-not-stop-killing-sea-lions-to-save-salmon-at-bonneville-dam/2012/03/22/gIQAj2UqTS_story.html
March 22 UPDATE #2 - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is now involved! Who wants to be a DAM GUARDIAN? http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/03/22/us-district-court-ruling-could-allow-state-wildlife-agencies-to-kill-460-federally-protected-califor-1358
URGENT UPDATE: As of April 12, 2012, FOUR sea lions have been killed by lethal injection at the Bonneville Dam. The current ruling by a federal judge allows for the killing of up to 30 sea lions! PLEASE sign & share the petition AND call Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber at (503) 378-4582 & Washington Governor Chris Gregoire at (360) 902-4111 AND TELL THEM TO CALL OFF THE CULL!
PLEASE DO NOT BE SILENT ON THIS MATTER! LIVES ARE AT STAKE!
For background on James Lecky, the controversial federal official who authorized the killings, follow this link: http://www.examiner.com/animal-advocacy-in-washington-dc/controversial-federal-bureacrat-signs-death-warrant-for-92-california-sea-lions
This brief video provides important insights into those who are running the killing operation at the Bonneville Dam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lBsxsR3Ha0]
For more information, read this VERY THOROUGH background on the Sea Lions Under Seige at the Bonneville Dam prepared by the Humane Society of the United States: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/fisheries/timelines/bonneville_dam_sea_lions_under_siege.html
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