Name the Sea Lions
Some of the sea lions on the hit list (the list of animals targeted for death by the state) have names that have been given to them by people who love them. But many do not. We do not want to refer to them by the numbered brands that have been inhumanely seared into their backs for the purpose of identifying them for death. Instead, we need a respectful way to refer to these beings. We are asking for help from the community in coming up with names, rather than numbers.
Please go to the Sea Lion Defense Brigade website ( http://sealiondefensebrigade.org/) to see the list of sea lions targeted for death. You will find photographs of some of the animals on the list. You can also go to the river to see these animals for yourself, if you get there before the ODFW does. All of these sea lions need names rather than numbers. Help name them, because it's easier to care about someone, rather than some thing. The State hopes that you will think of them only as numbers on a page, so that you will not feel empathy or compassion when the State shoots them to death in the water or injects them with deadly poisons in the traps. The sea lions need you, and everyone else, to recognize them for who they really are. They are beings. They are not numbers.
Please help the SLDB to give the sea lions respectful names that reflect aspects of their personalities. If you have an idea for a name for one of these animals, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get started, we propose the name Sanctuary Sam for the large and beautiful sea lion who bears the brand C586. Obviously, "Sanctuary Sam" is a little cutsey, and is not a name we would have chosen, if it were not for the important roots of this name: The name "Sanctuary Sam" is proposed in honor of a famous sea lion who serves as NOAA spokesman, head of the NOAA marine sanctuary program (!), and as the head of the NOAA National Ocean Awareness Campaign. (NOAA, ironically, is the very agency that gave Federal permission to state wildlife "managers" to kill Columbia river sea lions. And yet, their own spokesman is a sea lion. We name C586 Sanctuary Sam in the fervent hope that they will recognize their own hypocrisy before it kills, and will not allow one of their own to be murdered.) You can see a photograph of C586, Sanctuary Sam of the Columbia, here:
And you can see photographs, videos, and information about NOAA's spokesman, the namesake for "our" Sanctuary Sam, here:
http://beta.w1.volunteer.noaa.gov/CAP/sametiquette_nov2007.mov (In this video, Sam asks people to... respect wildlife. Hmmm.)
http://www.myspace.com/sanctuarysam (Yes, that's right, he has his own myspace page.)
http://www.facebook.com/people/Sanctuary-Sam/786836806 (AND facebook)
http://revver.com/video/297696/sanctuary-sams-interview/ (This is an incredible video in which Sam, the California Sea Lion, gets the job as NOAA spokesman.)
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/20071128_sam.html (Press release naming Sanctuary Sam NOAA spokesman.)
If NOAA recognizes that sea lions are this intelligent, charismatic, and important to the earth's ecosystems, how could they have granted permission to kill the sea lions of the Columbia?? Perhaps the original Sanctuary Sam will grant sanctuary to the sea lions of the Columbia. Otherwise, NOAA would be pretty hypocritical, no?
Again, if you have ideas for naming the rest of the sea lions on the government's hit list, please contact us at email@example.com.
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