Demand An End To The Slaughter Of Sea Lions
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I am passionate about marine animal conservation and a member of my middle school’s environmental club. Through the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, I learned that since 2011, hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River at the Bonneville Dam have been branded, captured and killed over the last few years by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Their crime? They eat too much salmon. They are sea lions after all, and eating fish is exactly what they are supposed to do! However, only 0.4% - 4.2% of salmon consumption is due to sea lions. The fact is that the real culprit is the commercial fishing industry who are responsible for 16% of the shrinking salmon population -- with no repercussions.
Recent studies have shown that killing sea lions has little effect on reducing salmon consumption. Yet the National Marine Fisheries Service have once again reauthorized lethal removal of the sea lions, allowing them kill more sea lions over the next five years.
I am calling on Governor Jay Inslee to order the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to ban fishing in the Bonneville Dam, stop the killing these beautiful marine mammals, and to put resources into finding humane methods of managing the population of sea lions and salmon so that both can co-exist.
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