Now, in one sense, our raising this complaint could be seen as absurd because we all know that the states of Oregon and Washington, in complicity with the US National Marine Fisheries Service, will be killing some of these sea lions. However, the law is the law and fair and safe treatment of these protected marine mammals is expected. Just because you are going to kill them does not give you the right to abuse them.
Killing sea lions for eating fish is the epitome of absurdity. It gets even crazier however. We have recently heard that the states want to begin killing birds as well. Birds and Pinnipeds are not the reason salmon are in decline. Humans are the reason, through our dams, pollution, and especially over-fishing.
Dam Guardian Campaign Coordinator