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Defend the Sea Lions on the Columbia River

Call of the Cove is using the off season of the Dolphin Drive Hunt in Taiji to focus on the Dam Guardians’ Sea Lion Defense Campaign at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River and in Astoria, Oregon in the United States.

We ask that everyone use their same voices to help put a stop to the hazing, branding, and killing of federally protected sea lions, who have been wrongly accused of overeating salmon, when in fact the Bonneville Dam accounts for 17% of salmon deaths and commercial/sport/native fishing accounts for another 17% of salmon deaths along the Columbia River each year, while sea lions only eat 1 to 4% of the salmon population for their survival.

For further education on the topic, please click here. Please note that there are graphic images of branded sea lions on this website.

Tell Congress to oppose House Resolution 1308 by clicking here and clicking the OPPOSE button on POPVOX, a website that bridges the gap between the input the public wants to provide and the information Members of Congress want and need to receive. H.R. 1308 would further amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act to permit the annual killing of sea lions.

Urge them to find alternative solutions to save endangered salmon and to immediately halt the lethal removal of California sea lions at the Bonneville Dam:

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
State Capitol Building
900 Court Street
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-378-4582
Fax: 503-378-6827
Twitter: @GovKitz

Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Phone: 360-902-4111
Fax: 360-753-4110
Twitter: @GovInslee

STOP Hazing, Branding and Killing Columbia River Sea Lions –

Stop the “hazing” of sea lions –

No Permits to Shoot Sea Lions –

***JUST ADDED*** Stop the killing of California Sea Lions for eating fish. –

Follow the @DamGuardians on Twitter. When tweeting, please use the hashtag #DamTweet to create awareness about the campaign.

Click here to follow Sea Shepherd USA on Facebook, and like their page for Dam Guardian updates.

If you’re a Facebook user, please join the event Rock the #DamTweet for Sea Lions and take daily actions to end the cruel and unjust sea lion cull at Bonneville Dam.

If you have a dog (or dogs), please consider participating in this photo campaign: LAND DOGS 4 SEA DOGS!

You may see the following acronyms used on social media. Here is what they mean:
CSLs = California Sea Lions
CRITFC = Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
ODFW = Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
WDFW = Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Click here to read “Dam Guardian campaign underway at Bonneville Dam” on Digital Journal.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and teachers: Please visit the Dam Guardians’ Kids Page for ways that youth can stop the sea lion cull at Bonneville Dam. Please note there is an image of a branded sea lion at the top of the page, so please review before sharing the page with the youth in your life.

Please consider a donation to Sea Shepherd to assist in their efforts to defend sea lions at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River and in Astoria, Oregon.

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