Feds Approve Killing Sea Lions in the Columbia River

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The Federal government has approved the killing of California Sea Lions in the Columbia River, blaming them for killing and eating endangered salmon. Never mind the main reasons for the problems with the salmon: hatcheries, human harvest, hydropower and the destruction of habitat. cull State of Washington salmon california columbia river sea lions

Salmon Threatened by Humans, Not Sea Lions

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Here's someone else who agrees with me that sea lions are not the true threat to salmon. It's just easier to kill sea lions that to break down dams. She highlights dams, but that is only one of the four H's (hydro, harvest, habitat and hatcheries) that are obliterating this beautiful creature. I think this opinion is pretty wide-spread.

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Lion Population Decreasing in Kenya

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I've been reading a lot about threatened elephants and primate populations in Africa and wondered about lions. The national lion population has been falling by an average of 100 per year for the last seven years due to a combination of factors, particularly human-wildlife conflict, destruction of habitats, climate change, disease and increase in human population. Tags: africa Kenya lion endangered species

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CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

Critter News

Outcry is growing against one of California’s top wildlife officials after a photo of him holding a dead mountain lion surfaced online last week. Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, is shown in the photo, holding a mountain lion he reportedly hunted and killed in Idaho, according to Western Outdoor Press, which published the photo. Hunting mountain lion is legal in Idaho, but illegal in California. What was this idiot thinking?

Sea Lion Euthanized at Bonneville Dam

Critter News

Sea lions are killed here for eating salmon. We all know that it's not the sea lions' fault that the salmon runs are either threatened or endangered. It's the humans' fault through overharvesting, the use of fish hatcheries, hydropower dams (like Bonneville) and the decimation of habitat. But we don't euthanize humans for that, do we? Tags: State of Washington salmon Stupid sea lions dams endangered species Sorry, another Washington State story.

Kill the Sea Lions Before They Kill Again!

Critter News

All driven by humans. But we can't get rid of humans, of course, and we need to punish someone who can't fight back. Let's pick the sea lions! Portland judge said Wednesday the Northwest states can kill hungry sea lions on the Columbia River. Judge Michael Mosman’s ruling means Washington, Oregon and Idaho can shoot or remove up to 85 sea lions next year. Mosman denied an attempt by the Humane Society of the United States to stop the killings.

Record Year for Sick Seals in San Pedro,CA

Critter News

Each one of the sleek, whiskered sea lions recovering at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro has its own story. Some of the damage was caused by humans who shot, clubbed or threw so-called seal bombs at the mammals. Even though it has been a record year for sick harbor seals, sea lions and elephant seals, experts say it could get much worse. Tags: marine animals seals sea lions From the Contra Costa Times.

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On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

In the majority of cases, it is humans who are to blame for the plunging numbers of animals, and Corwin is very clear about the extent to which we have destroyed the world around us. Corwin tells the story of the Maasai of Kenya, whose culture involved disdain for and slaughter of lions.

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On "The Wild"

Animal Person

The animals on farms are created for the sole purpose of human consumption. And animal rights isn't focused on what happens in the world outside of us that we aren't directly profiting from and that isn't happening because of us (that last one is nearly impossible, as you can trace many problems other animals experience back to something human animals have done to them or their habitat or their food). Whether lions can do that or not is not something I think about.

Odd Friendships

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National Geographic Channel’s upcoming show, Unlikely Animal Friends, will bring you stories about Christian the Lion and his humans, a baby hippo and a giant tortoise, a lioness and a baby oryx, an orangutan and a hound dog and more!

Cause an Uproar

4 The Love Of Animals

They are disappearing quickly due to habitat loss as well as conflict with humans. Everything from lions in Kenya to snow leopards in the Himalaya, the big cats all need our help. Like so many of you, we love the majestic big cats in the world.

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John Passmore (1914-2004) on the Mediaeval View of Animals

Animal Ethics

In the popular mediaeval tradition, as contrasted with official theology, there are many legends which associate saintliness and martyrdom with kindness to animals: even Jerome has his lion, to say nothing of Androcles. Vicious animals in that tradition were like the Gadarene swine , inhabited by demons. They might be brought to trial for their misdeeds and punished by the extremest of penalties—a form of distinction which, no doubt, they would willingly have foregone.

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Tom Regan on Cruelty

Animal Ethics

Indeed, precisely because one expects indifference from animals but pity or mercy from human beings, people who are cruel by being insensitive to the suffering they cause often are called "animals" or "brutes," and their character or behavior, "brutal" or "inhuman."

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

26, 2011 To the Editor: I don’t have all the answers concerning Pennsylvania’s burgeoning deer population (most of it caused by the burgeoning human population), but I want to comment on the self-serving tone of Seamus McGraw’s article. Beyond that, though, is the tragedy of the doe’s sole contact with a human: a moment that could have initiated a communion between the two was instead reduced to carnage. Who wiped out the wolves and mountain lions?

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 2 of 13

Animal Ethics

Presumably it would include all human beings, whether they are in the habit of eating animals or not. In the case of human beings, the situation is different. Human beings can do without meat. KBJ: Martin has raised a genuine issue here, but it is not about whether it is wrong for a dog to eat meat; it is about whether it is wrong for a human to feed a dog meat. Should vegetarians promote a society that trains lions and tigers to eat such meat substitutes?

The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes. In many ways, human emotions are the gifts of our animal ancestors. Sea lion mothers wail when watching their babies being eaten by killer whales.

Flight to Freedom

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Four lions, rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) from a Bolivian circus when the country banned the use of animals in circuses have a new home, and a life of luxury at the ARK 2000 sanctuary in Calaveras County. You can follow their blog, Flight to Freedom , to get updates on how the lions are doing, and to read the full story and see videos like the one below. These lions really are home for the holidays.””.

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