US Army Corps of Engineers announces it will move forward with plan to slaughter 11,000 cormorants

Portland Audubon Will Sue to Stop It

March 2015

The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a final record of decision announcing it will move forward with the decision to slaughter nearly 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary.

Cormorants will be shot out of the sky with shotguns as they forage for food and with rifles at close range as they tend to their nests. The Corps still must obtain permits from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to commence the killing, and the Audubon Society of Portland urges the Fish and Wildlife Service to deny those permits. However, if those permits are issued, the Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors has voted to sue the Corps and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to stop this unprecedented slaughter.

The Corps intends to kill 15 percent of the entire population of Double-crested Cormorants west of the Rocky Mountains. By the Corps’ own admission, the slaughter will drive western populations below a level that it has defined as sustainable…

(read more: Portland Audubon)

photographs of Double-crested Cormorants, by Jim Cruce


Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Farewell Address (C-SPAN)

What freedom of religion actually is: “The right to choose a religion (or no religion) without interference by the government.”

What freedom of religion isn’t: The right to discriminate against clients or customers at your PUBLIC business. The right to use the government in order to inflict your religious beliefs on others. The right to infringe on other people’s basic human rights based on your religious beliefs.

The end.