DawnWatch: Editorial on seal deaths in fishing nets — Hawaii, 10/24/06

October 24th, 2006 5:41 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Oct 24, 2006 4:30 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Editorial on seal deaths in fishing nets — Hawaii, 10/24/06

On Tuesday, October 24, Hawaii’s Star Bulletin includes an editorial (the paper’s opinion) calling for limitations on gill nets. The piece serves as an educational tool for those who are unfamiliar with cruelties associated with the fishing industry that go beyond the suffering of the fish. The editorial is headed, “Seal’s death shows need for gillnet rules.”

It opens:

“On the same day that twin Hawaiian monk seals, carefully nursed to health, were returned to their isle of birth at Midway, another of its breed was found dead, its body snarled in a gillnet offshore of Waimanalo.

“The death of the 5-month-old pup underscores the need to restrict the use of lay gillnets that kill indiscriminately when left unattended by irresponsible fishers. The state, which has proposed but has yet to finalize gillnet rules, should move ahead quickly.

“The pup, dubbed Penelope, the first born on Oahu in eight years, is certainly not the only sea creature to have been harmed by the nets. The cheap monofilament webs trap everything that swims into them, including endangered species like turtles and monk seals. Weighted at the bottom, they also damage coral reefs, breaking off pieces or scraping them.”

You’ll find the full column on line here.

You can send letters to the editor supporting the call for tighter regulations at this link: http://starbulletin.com/forms/letterform.html.

And the piece presents a great opportunity for those who do not eat any animals to sing the praises of a plant-based diet.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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