|March 27, 2008|
Killing sea lions isn't the answer to saving salmon!
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting comments on a proposal authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to remove up to 85 California Sea Lions per year on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam. The 5-year plan translates either to a life-sentence of confinement in a zoo or aquarium, or death for up to 425 federally protected sea lions. Public comments are being accepted through April 4---speak out today!
Tell the WDFW that relocation and lethal removal are unacceptable forms of wildlife management.
Ask the WDFW to explain why these sea lions are being targeted when the
largest contributor to salmon decline is human impact. Ask the
government to stop wasting valuable resources killing these natural
predators of salmon, when they should be tackling the bigger issues:
over-fishing by humans and habitat loss through dams, pollution, and
human encroachment on wild lands.
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Thank you for taking action in Olympia to protect Washington State's animals!
The Washington State legislative session ended on March 12. Because it is an election year, many bills did not pass the legislative process. Although this was disappointing, we will continue to work throughout 2008 to prepare for next year's session. Thank you for all your letters to your legislators and to the governor supporting greater protections for animals in our state. Much of what is decided in our communities depends on citizens like you sharing your views with elected officials. Visit PAWS' 2008 Washington State Legislative Session page for information on the outcome of bills we followed this year.
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