100,000 signatures for the sea lions in Chile

A sealion with a target on it´s chest

Mar 20, 2012

The S.O.S. Sea Lions Chile campaign yesterday presented 100,000 signatures from Chilean citizens and people the world over to the Chilean government. Rainforest Rescue supported the initiative with over 40,000 signatures collected in our “Sea lions in Chile: Dying for the sake of salmon sandwiches?” protest campaign.

The S.O.S. Sea Lions Chile campaign yesterday presented 100,000 signatures from Chilean citizens and people the world over to the Chilean government. Rainforest Rescue supported the initiative with over 40,000 signatures collected in our “Sea lions in Chile: Dying for the sake of salmon sandwiches?” protest campaign.

Together with Ecoceanos, CODEFF, Cetacean Conservation Center, Sea Shepherd, AnimaNaturalis, Mapuexpress, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals, we are calling on the government of President Sebastián Piñera not to permit the capture or killing of sea lions. The Pacific off the coast of Chile has been emptied of fish by industrial fishing fleets, not by sea lions.

“We call for an indefinite moratorium on the capture activities, killing and trafficking of common seals (Otaria flavescens),” the representatives of the organizations stated at the petition handover. They also fear that the Chilean government could soften other measures to protect the oceans and their inhabitants. These include the whale sanctuary established in Chilean waters in 2010.

S.O.S. Lobos Marinos Chile
Ecoceanos Center
Rainforest Rescue

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