This is another urgent one: Public comments are being heard until August 19th on the US Army Corps of Engineers’ draft Environmental Impact Statement on whether to authorize the gunning down of 16,000 double-crested cormorants nesting on East Sand Island in Oregon. Cormorants are big: 3ft long, with a 4ft wingspan. DDT almost wiped them out but they recovered well, only to be decimated by slaughters of this kind, that tear families apart, leaving parents without their children as well as orphaned young to die of starvation. In addition, you KNOW many would only be injured and succumb later after much suffering.
Are you wondering why? Oh, come on, one guess will do it. Right: they eat fish! The massacre is “necessary to reduce the predation on juvenile salmon and steelhead trout”.
The amount of fish eaten by cormorants isn’t even visible on the graph of Who Eats The Most Fish. Humans are the biggest fish-consumers and the worst sharers in the history of this planet. If you were REALLY concerned about predation on fish, how about going to the real predators? An incredibly easy, cheap, compassionate fix to this problem that threatens sixteen thousand cormorants is DITCH THE FISH. Instead of this massacre, you could make a healthy choice to eat vegan meals instead and those 16,000 beings get to live. Everyone wins.
So please ask Corps officials to “reject Alternatives C and D” (which allow the massacre), and urge them to focus instead on the biggest threats to salmon—dams, human development, and the fisheries industry. And then forward this alert widely!
Polite comments can be directed here:
Sondra Ruckwardt, Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, OR 97208
Please also participate in the Corps’ webinar/conference on Thursday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. PDT. To take part, call toll-free 1-888-431-3632 and when prompted, enter the access code: 3963766. Once you’re on the call, log on to the webinar at https://www.webmeeting.att.com. Don’t want to do it? I know…but remember the Other Side Never Sleeps.
Please feel free to use PETA’s sample letter, or consult it for talking points, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.