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Protest against sea lion killings

Organised by In Defence of Animals, protesters gathered at the Double Tree hotel in NE Portland where the the Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force met. California sea lions have been targeted for simply eating fish. Portland, OR, USA, 10/11/2010.
The Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force is reviewing data collected over the past three years in order to provide recommendations on whether to continue the program of executing the California sea lions or not.

As predicted, supported by evidence, new sea lions replace those that are killed making the program ineffective.

Matt Rossell, Northwest Director of the IDA (In Defence of Animals) explained how the sea lions are protected under section 120 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) which "prohibits the "take" (harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect) of marine mammals in U.S. waters and by U.S. citizens on the high seas, and the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products into the U.S."

Only a small percentage of salmon are eaten in the run below the Boneville Dam on the Colombia River to the east of Portland.

The IDA state that, "despite the state efforts to kill the worst offenders or problem sea lions, the salmon predation has not declined and more previously not seen sea lions keep showing up to take the pace of those who are killed."

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