Target: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Goal: End the branding and killing of sea lions in the Columbia River.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has initiated a cruel attack on sea lions in a misguided attempt to protect endangered salmon species in the Columbia River. Oregon Officials have been painfully branding large numbers across the backs of terrified, innocent sea lions to allow for easy identification of the animal. The salmon protection plan also includes the killing of sea lions who are found in areas where the fish are highly protected.
Witnesses have seen officials forcibly capturing these gentle creatures and charring their backs repeatedly with hot metal rods. Reports of smoke and flames emanating from the animals’ bodies has been reported by eyewitnesses. The pain endured by these defenseless creatures was obvious in the screams they made, accompanied by body jerking, writhing, and shaking in terror. The Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to kill at least 10 sea lions this year in a barbaric effort to allow the propagation of endangered salmon species.
The methods of identifying and removing these gentle creatures for the sake of salmon preservation is callous and shameful since there are other humane alternatives available. If the goal is to protect threatened salmon in the Columbia River, placing a fishing ban would be the most viable, compassionate option. There are also easy and effective ways to deter sea lions from protected areas, such as the use of motion-activated sprinklers or placing barriers such as plastic slides, fencing, or rails. The use of electronic acoustic devices as well as flashing lights have also shown to be effective in deterring sea lions from protected areas.
While there are numerous practical approaches to protecting the salmon population from sea lions, the archaic, inhumane methods used by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will not be tolerated. Tell Oregon Officials to stop torturing and killing sea lions in the Columbia River.
Dear Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,
I was deeply disturbed to hear of your initiative to protect endangered salmon species in the Columbia River by means of torturing and killing majestic, gentle sea lions. Preserving salmon schools through the systematic abuse and elimination of sea lions in salmon protected areas is barbaric and unnecessary. There are several alternatives available that have proven to be efficient and potentially more cost-effective than your current mode of scalding and killing innocent sea lions.
The branding process is extremely painful for any animal, including sea lions. Despite their thick layers of fat and fur, sea lions have many sensitive nerve endings allowing them to endure the intense pain of having their backs burned repeatedly by scalding metal rods. This archaic practice is also time-consuming and unsuccessful at deterring sea lions from areas where salmon propagate. If your goal is to preserve endangered fish populations, perhaps instilling a fishing ban in the area would be a more compassionate, practical approach.
Other humane alternatives to discourage sea lions from congregating in certain areas include the use of electronic acoustic devices, or flashing lights. Physical barriers such as plastic slides, rails, and fencing have also proven to be powerful tools in deterring sea lion populations. While there are several, viable alternatives available in the effort to discourage sea lion activity, we ask you to endorse these more humane methods and end your current brutal and lethal methods in your plight to save the salmon in the Columbia River.
[Your Name Here]