ANCHORAGE (AP) An animal rights group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the federal government of violating several environmental protection acts by allowing the use of certain research techniques on threatened and endangered Steller sea lions.
The Humane Society of the United States says the National Marine Fisheries Service has approved permits for ''invasive'' re-search activities, including the annual capture, hot branding and tissue sampling of more than 3,000 Steller sea lions in both eastern and western stocks.
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