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Announcing Another "Name Those Sea Lions" Contest

Nine more sea lions have just been added to the growing list of animals whom the State plans to execute, should they be able to catch them. The addition to the kill list is a dire matter for these animals. Less than two months ago, Freddy (aka C00) was added to the kill list, and this week he was captured in a trap. He was put to death as a result.
The ODFW would like for these animals to die quietly, out of the realm of public perception. They do not want anyone to care. And so, if it were up to the ODFW, news would trickle out of the dam slowly, if at all. There would be no images of the sea lions unless they had fish in their mouths and photoshopped "angry eyes." There would be no access to the story about who these animals really are, or the important place that they occupy in our ecosystem. (The ODFW only grudgingly admits that they are, in fact, native to this region, and native to the Columbia. They would prefer that people not know that, and for the most part, people don't.)

We believe that the vast majority of the public does care about protecting marine mammals, and that most people do care about what is happening in our ecosystem. So we want people to know that sea lions are dying for no reason on the Columbia river. They are being killed for the crime of eating fish (in at least one case, for eating only one fish), at the same time that human predation upon salmon is increasing every year.

There are many people right here in Cascadia who still do not know what is happening to these animals on the banks of the Columbia. And there are many people throughout the United States who are unaware that this is happening, and that this is being used as a "test case" which could open up the floodgates of killing seals, sea lions, and even orcas and other marine mammals all over the country in order to prop up the failing fishing industry. We want the public to know.

One of the ways to help people understand this issue is to introduce them to the animals in the line of fire. When people can meet and identify with these animals, it helps them to become interested enough in the issue to learn more. (And once they do their own research and start learning more, they discover that killing sea lions is not saving salmon, that the lethal removal program is a failure, and that no species has ever been saved by killing off natural predators.)

So please help us to name the nine animals who were just added to the kill list. Of the nine sea lions just added, 6 stand accused of eating fewer than 10 fish. These, remember, were supposed to have been "only the worst offenders" of those oft-described "ravenous" and "gluttonous" and "salmon-scarfing" sea lions. One of the animals just added, C971, was found guilty of eating only 3 fish.

Please see the SLDB website for more information, including brand numbers, of the sea lions who were just added and then help us to name them. You may post suggestions here, or email us at  info@sealiondefensebrigade.org.

Incidentally, this morning on OPB's "Think Out Loud" series, Chef Higgins talked about the relative culinary merits of wild vs hatchery vs farmed fish. Chef Higgins says wild fish are better, and so this is what he serves to his customers. He says that he's been out fishing with the people who kill those fish for him, and when asked by the host whether it wouldn't be better to stop serving wild fish since they are endangered, he responded that (to paraphrase) once caught, they're dead anyway so what the heck. He noted that "catch and release" doesn't work, so when he gets a box of fish it's always a mix of wild and hatchery fish and that the wild fish is best. He says it's easy to tell the difference. Other guests agreed that "catch and release" does not work and is not practical. So basically, sea lions are being put to death for the crime of eating their native prey, while Chef Higgins is serving these same salmon up to well heeled customers without consequence. Seems ironic at best.

homepage: homepage: http://sealiondefensebrigade.org
phone: phone: (503)568-6955
address: address: Sea Wolf One, Banks of the Columbia River, Republic of Cascadia

I see the logic 07.May.2010 22:58

named human

How about Jesus? WWJD?

I think I have pictures of one of those sea lions from this list. How about Arlo?
How about Barak Obama? (WWBOD?)

who is chef Higgins? 08.May.2010 15:11


Just wondering if chef Higgins is at Higgins restaurant? anyway to call him or boycott a restaurnat that he works at?

Thank you- Sea Lion Defense Brigade! 12.May.2010 12:56

@nimal advocate

Thanks for helping to get the truth out. More power to you all in your righteous endeavor to educate people and save the Sea Lions from the effects of ignorance, indifference, apathy, and closed-mindedness. I think if the majority of people would take the time to look into the issue and do some research, pursue the truth beyond what they "learn" from the corporate media & popular culture then the Sea Lions wouldn't continue to be scapegoated and made to be the "enemy". We live in a 'corporate world' where 'fact is fiction' and TV is reality. There are so many 'layers of lies' that people need to see beyond. We can choose to use critical-thinking and see through the lies/myths/illusion. We just need to 'free our minds'. There is a war on against animals and the natural world. As is always the case. . . Truth is the first casualty of war. The corporatized/globalized/militarized world is based on lies.

The world is dominated/enslaved by a 'system' that is based on 'lies'. Together we can chip away at the old, obsolete system by attacking it on all fronts using a variety of tactics. Until one day, hopefully soon, we will arrive at a place of respect for the Earth and all its creatures. Because we are all connected to nature we need to act on its behalf. We are all a part of the web of life. What we do to others (animals included) we do to ourselves. What we do to the Earth we do to ourselves. . . everything is connected. There is no escaping this reality. We all have the power to change the world for the better. It's all 'cause & effect'. As the expression says- "Be the change you wish to see in the world." I believe if we follow our hearts we will find compassion and find answers to the problems we all face. This is where solutions are to be found. United we are invincible, divided we are conquered. We are all in this together. We are all a part of nature and should act like it.

Another World Is Possible.

***Some possible name suggestions for the Sea Lions— Love, Peace, Happiness, Joy, Justice, Freedom, Truth, Nature, Gaia, Harmony, Respect, Dignity, Liberation, Diversity, Sentience***

Sea Lions are sentient beings; they are not "disposable objects". They have all the same feelings & emotions that humans do. They are capable of feelings of love. They are capable of feeling pain and suffering. They love their life just as much as humans love their own life. They love their offspring. If people would take the time to understand them and try to see life through their eyes they would be more inclined to defend them and see their lives as mattering. They don't deserve to be slaughtered (for the "crime" of eating fish?!) . If we all took the time to understand them better we would realize that they don't want to die. And they shouldn't have to. Why is it 'they' who should have to pay the ultimate price with "their lives" for the folly/mistakes of mankind? The human species must stop being selfish/greedy and consider the "cost" of our so-call progress of "modern society/civilization".
Sea Lions are the scapegoats for human gluttony of Salmon.

Sea Lions Press Conference  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lBsxsR3Ha0

FAREWELL (great video for insight, perspective, and understanding)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QTWdmAwIgI

Mass Extinction Underway - Biodiversity Crisis - Global Species Loss  http://www.well.com/~davidu/extinction.html

Keep up the great work SLDB with being the voice for animals and defending the Sea Lions from the injustice being committed against them. Thank you for speaking out on the vital importance of maintaining the river's natural ecosystem and diversity. Way to Think globally/Act locally. Thanks for helping people to better understand & realize their connection to the animal kingdom and to the world. You have truth on your side and ultimately you will prevail. It's just a matter of pulling back the veil of lies, deception, and secrecy. Sea Lions are supposed to be on the Columbia River, it's their natural environment. Sea Lions are supposed to eat fish. The only way for people to evolve as a species is for us to 'open our minds', use our intelligence and stop fighting NATURE and attempt to live in harmony with the natural world.

Your website does a great job clearing things up in fighting against 'myths & illusions'. >>>  http://sealiondefensebrigade.org/?page_id=37

"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." ~Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus

~<3 solidarity & peace

a list of names... 13.May.2010 10:53

no solution

nimble, saffron, hinger, peppercorn, elma, tulip, crion, madrone, slappy, victor, snow, impish, elliot, william, dandelion, frita, aboline, spectre, penny, wollery, simpo, razlin, erlewin, etc...