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In Hawaii, five environmental groups are suing the Navy for its use of high-intensity sonar during anti-submarine training exercises, that are heavily harmful to whales, dolphins and marine mammals. The lawsuit plans to "stop the Navy from doing its sonar exercises until it complies with environmental laws they are violating," confirmed Paul Achitoff, the Earthjustice attorney representing the coalition comprising of the Ocean Mammal Institute, the Animal Welfare Institute, KAHEA (the Hawaiian Environmental Alliance), the Center for Biological Diversity and the Surfrider Foundation.

The Navy plans 12 anti-submarine combat exercises in the next year, despite ample evidence in the last few years of the harmful effects of sonar that leads to the death of marine mammals. Sonar leads to countless deaths of whales and dolphins by damaging their hearing. Plus, a congressional report found last year that the Navy's sonar training activities have been held responsible for at least 6 cases of mass death and stranding of whales in the last 10 years.

Why such ignorance and blind lack of concern? Come on, people! Where is the Endangered Species Act? Is it not enough that terrestrial wildlife habitats are being ravaged in the name of defense, security and justice? Must life in the oceans suffer too?

Originally posted to blinkeredgreen on Thu May 17, 2007 at 11:20 AM PDT.

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  •  Whales and Dolphins (0+ / 0-)

    are the intelligentsia of the sea.  To see them decimated without regard is heart breaking.  I understand we need military training exercises, but this is unusually cruel. Certainly there must be alternative methods for the Navy to train sub hunters.

    "...one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head."

    by adamsrw on Thu May 17, 2007 at 11:38:15 AM PDT

    •  How can any Navy seaman (0+ / 0-)

      with submarine knowledge not have the utmost respect for the biggest creature in the sea that can dive the depths that they do?  That's like an Air Force pilot who flies the F-15 Eagle shooting an American Bald Eagle with a shotgun for fun of it.
      Or a Calvaryman who enjoys killing horses.  

      "...one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head."

      by adamsrw on Thu May 17, 2007 at 11:48:01 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for bringing this to our attention. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    We find that after years of struggle we do not take a journey, but rather a journey takes us. John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

    by tigerdog on Thu May 17, 2007 at 12:44:55 PM PDT

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