Chile’s Assault on Sea Lions

Chilean mackerel stocks have dropped by some 90 percent in recent years, resulting in a crisis in the county’s fishing industry. Chile has been blaming the Peruvian fishing fleet for depleting the stock, but local officials are now pointing their fingers at sea lions as well. Although sea lions are protected in Chile, the government has agreed to a massive culling program. Sea lion meat will be sold for dog food, while their bones and reproductive  organs will be exported to China and other Asian countries for “medicinal purposes.”