Subject: Seal hunting:Demand for aphrodisiac may pus (fwd)

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Date: Sat, 22 Mar 1997 17:40:00 GMT
Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion
Subject: Demand for aphrodisiac may pus

Demand for aphrodisiac may push sea lion culling

    LIMA, March 21 (Reuter) - Peruvian fishermen seeking to cull
net-ravaging sea lions only want to make money by selling the
sea mammals' genitals to Asians who use them as aphrodisiacs, a
local conservation group charged on Friday.
     "They have received offers by Koreans to sell their
genitals, to which they attribute aphrodisiacal powers,"
Rosario Quintanilla, president of Crusade for Life, said.
     Fishermen also aim to sell sea lion meat, canned or in
sausages, to supplement their livelihood fishing for sardines,
anchovy and other species along Peru's rich Pacific coastal
waters, she added.
     While most Peruvians adore the playful, whiskered sea lions,
Lima fishermen last week asked the government for permission to
kill a limited number. They contend the animals tear nets and
cause the loss of thousands of tons of fish every year.
     "They eat the fish and break the nets trying to get them
out," fisherman Carlos Sanchez told local daily El Sol.
     The National Archaeological Maritime Institute says 100,000
sea lions live along Peru's nearly 1,900 miles (3,000 kms) of
     Quintanilla maintains the population is not large enough to
warrant a culling and fishermen should clarify their intentions.
     The Fisheries Ministry is considering a pilot programme that
would allow the killing of 60 sea lions. But a ministry adviser
said officials are mulling all options for resolving the seal
problem and that "the solution will not necessarily be the