DawnWatch: Govt killing sea lions, on CNN's 'Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" 6/
- You may have noticed that the one mainstream media newsperson who we can
count on to include animal issues amongst her "Issues" is CNN's Jane Velez
On Friday, June 4 she told us:
"Sea lions are being systematically executed by government wildlife
officials in Oregon and Washington." She explains that their "crime" is that they
are "doing what sea lions are meant to do," they are eating salmon.
She shares the story and video of two sea lions in particular, old
friends, videotaped hanging out together on a dock. We are told they were later
trapped and killed.
Velez-Mitchell makes this comment:
"This is Uncle Sam -- tax dollars are going to kill these sea lions. And
everywhere I turn around, we are rounding up wild horses, using tax
dollars....What is wrong with our government?"
Thank heavens the animals finally have a member of the major media telling
it like it is. Please send her a huge thank you. It is so important that
her producers know that her stance is appreciated, and that people tune in
because of it. Check out the brief segment on line at:
Click "recommend" so that your web friends learn about it.
And then please do send the show that quick thank you.
The show takes comments at:
On that segment, Jane interviews Matt Rossell, the northwest director of
In Defense of Animals, who explains that the sea lions take a tiny
proportion of the salmon (don't they have a right to eat?) and who tells us about
the work of the Sea Lion Defense Brigade. You can learn more about that at
If you click on the "Wish List" on that site you'll find that the brigade
is in need of volunteers to patrol the Columbia river, plus donations of
camcorders, tapes for camcorders, binoculars, cameras with good optical zoom,
tripods, motor boats canoes, kayaks and gas money -- which you can donate
by clicking on the "donate" button there on the site.
I send thanks to Glen Venezio for his efforts to get the sea lions
coverage and for making sure we knew about the segment.
Yours and the animals',
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Date: Sat Jun 5 17:22:47 2010
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