Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Sea lions picket parliament

ODT article here
published Wed, 4 Mar 2009

Ninety-five New Zealand sea lions basked on Parliament's lawn today as part of a demonstration to highlight that the government was allowing that many of the sea mammals to be killed this year.

Forest and Bird set out the cardboard cut-out sea lions and displayed a real trawl net to draw attention to the number of the endangered mammals allowed to be killed by the southern squid trawl fishery this year. Sea lions die when they become entangled in trawl nets and drown.

Forest and Bird marine advocate Kirstie Knowles said the sea lion population was reducing yearly yet the government permitted the quota allowed to be killed to increase.

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