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Thank you to Puerto Rico's Congressman Pedro Pierluisi for caring about sea lions and endangered salmon

I want to personally thank Puerto Rico's Resident Commissioner in the US Congress, Congressman Pedro Pierluisi, for voting AGAINST the bill that was being reviewed by the House Committee on Natural Resources, H.R. 3069: Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act, this past Wednesday October 5. This bill would make it easier to legalize the lethal taking of sea lions in the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, despite the NAY vote of Congressman Pierluisi and and 12 other Members of Congress, the bill passed the committee (see Washington Post article at http://tinyurl.com/6dj3hm7 ).

Congressman Pierluisi has been a consistently strong voice for the protection of animals in the US Congress. He is the sponsor of H.R. 1761 in the current session of Congress, which is the Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2011, and has also co-sponsored quite a few various other bills which are in favor of animal protection.

I was very pleased to know that the Congressman voted against this bill, since I had written to his office about it in April of this year (see below), at that time the bill was called the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act (H.R.946).

I look forward to seeing more positive work in the US Congress in support of animals from Congressman Pierluisi.

Glen Venezio

Animal Concerns Puerto Rico

San Juan, PR


From: Glen
Date: Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 2:54 PM
Subject: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs
To: "office of Congressman Pedro Pierluisi"

There is a bill recently referred to this subcommittee, which I understand Rep. Pierluisi is a part of, called the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act (H.R.946). This bill refers to an issue that I have been personally very involved with as an activist for well over 1 year now, and I am EXTREMELY AGAINST the passage of this bill. Some brief background on the issues behind this bill, can be seen at the following links:

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/ 2010/05/at_bonneville_dam_the_sea_lion.html

http://sealiondefensebrigade.org/?page_id=37

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/ 2010/11/bonneville_sea_lions_protected_112310.html

and

http://news.opb.org/article/rep-hastings-makes-second-attempt-pass-sea-lion-bill/

I was responsible for Jane Velez-Mitchell's national primetime coverage of this issue on her HLN show ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL last year, One of the only national TV stories done on the issue (the issue has gotten much TV coverage locally in the Northwest, but this was one of the few nationally broadcast TV pieces), viewable at

http://tinyurl.com/2c94st4

I suggested to Jane to cover this issue on her show, did all the research on the issue for her show, and found the guest to be interviewed (Matt Rossell, formerly of the organization IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS), as well as helped locate the video footage for the segment.

Again, I am VERY AGAINST this bill that is currently in the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs, the Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act (H.R.946).

See below my correspondence about this issue with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, et al, Dr. Lubchenco is the US Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Please keep me informed of any new developments that you know about regarding this bill.

Thank you so much!

Glen Venezio

Glen

to Dr. Jane Lubchenco and various other NOAA officials

Jan. 20, 2011

subject: Regarding Sea Lions

Dear Dr. Lubchenco,

I understand from this week's press release that your agency is attempting to correct the inherent flaws in the methodology used to justify killing the sea lions at the Bonneville Dam. In my humble opinion, the entire killing plan is hopelessly flawed to begin with and should be shelved. It is a shame that your agency wishes to "save" one species by killing another. Furthermore, the recent task force recommendations that were submitted to you in December, include such horrendously macabre ideas such as "exposing a euthanized individual to other (sea lions)."

I will keep this short, since I understand and appreciate that my sentiments are nothing new to you or to your agency, but I must say, I recently came across an essay that you wrote a few years ago for Open Spaces Magazine, entitled "Lessons from the Land for Protection in the Sea: The Need for a New Ocean Ethic". In that essay, you wrote: "We could easily become enthralled with the playful antics of harbor seals and sea lions cavorting or feeding...." When I read that sentence, I thought to myself, yeah, the playful antics of sea lions feeding, unless they are feeding at the Bonneville Dam, where we will no longer be "enthralled", but we will KILL THEM BECAUSE OF SUCH FEEDING. The whole thing is a shame and a blight on your agency and good reputation. Please stop killing sea lions.

Sincerely yours,

Glen Venezio

Animal Concerns Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico


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