Matt Rossell of Portland In Defense of Animals gives the many reasons why this practice must end. He explains that the project is a failure, as more sea lions are arriving to take the place of those who are killed.|
In the past three years this program has been responsible for the removal of 40 sea lions and the government's own data suggests that the program is not working to protect endangered Spring salmon runs.
According to Rossell, it's not the sea lions predation that is endangering the salmon runs, but the human predation. As one sign at the demonstrations declares, "sea lions are only 4% of the problem."
Rossell says that the budget for this killing should be cut, and that the money could be better spent elsewhere. For instance, "getting gill nets out of the river, changing the fish quotas, looking at the introduction of non native fish." Also, "whatever we can do to restore habitat, which would go a lot further than killing a native species for simply eating."
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