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Stop burning sea lions

April 9, 2013


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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is reportedly branding sea lions so that individual animals caught eating protected salmon can be identified and gunned down.

Astoria-area residents have reportedly observed men herding these gentle animals into traps only to burn their flesh repeatedly with a blazing-hot iron. Billows of smoke have allegedly been seen rising into the air during these assaults, and victims have been described as “[lying] on the docks trembling”—an indication of extreme stress or pain.

Disturbing photos given to PETA, which appear to corroborate these reported brandings, can be viewed here. Your voice is needed!

Using the form HERE, please politely urge ODFW officials to immediately stop the branding and killing of sea lions. Remind officials that these animals are just trying to survive and feed their families, so they should be left alone. If ODFW wants to protect salmon stocks, then banning fishing in its waters would be a good start. If sea lions must be controlled, they can be humanely and effectively deterred using physical and visual barriers.

we are sea lions,
salmon we eat,
but at human hands
we suffer burning
if we are doing something
that bothers you,
find a humane deterrent,
not a method of torture
so cruel and abhorrent

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2013 2:59 pm

    we are sea lions,
    salmon we eat,
    but at human hands
    we suffer burning
    if we are doing something
    that bothers you,
    find a humane deterrent,
    not a method of torture
    so cruel and abhorrent


  2. April 9, 2013 3:29 pm

    Barbarians! They are doing this so that they can track and kill these innocent animals who are only trying to EAT you know to like FUCKING SURVIVE? Humans need to go… I’m ashamed to even be associated wit the barbarians.


    • April 9, 2013 3:47 pm

      I am so ashamed, too. So many people, so few who care. It’s such a battle. Thanks for your empathy and compassion, GiRRL.


      • April 9, 2013 3:48 pm


        Believe it or not, but I lie awake most nights wondering about the plight of animals and if they will survive the next 30 years. I could never harm an animal — I would be sick for days if I accidentally ran over one with my car. And yet these assholes can do it with nary a care.


      • April 9, 2013 4:10 pm

        I agree. I agonize over all that happens to animals, too, when I watch one of those videos, see a farm, see a truck carrying animals, or just see the carcasses at the grocery store, it just breaks me. It’s heartbreaking. Thank you for what you do, there can never be too many of us.


  3. April 9, 2013 3:48 pm

    signed and shared in several places thanks Stacey this must be stopped its disgusting and cruel downright abusive all that just to try to keep them away from their fish when will the greed end Karen great poem too!


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