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The US Navy is looking to increase the use of underwater high frequency sonar which could be responsible for harming and/or killing thousands of whales and dolphins.  That is from their website BTW.  Fortunately they're required to listen to us complain.

The Navy is required to include comments on their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) re: the use of high frequency underwater sound for testing in Hawaii, the California and Atlantic Coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico. According to their estimates it will deafen more than 15,900 whales and dolphins and kill 1,800 more over the next 5 years. Whales and dolphins depend on sound to navigate and live. Your signature and comment will have to be included in the EIS and could stop this Naval program, potentially saving the lives of these ocean creatures. The comments must be in by July 10, 2012.
Time is running out to let them know what you think so it's now or never.  Just avoid the orange jellyfish and hop over to the other side to find out how.

You can visit the Navy website and let them know directly what you think.

You can also sign a petition which will be delivered to them.  The body of the petition is:

Stop the killing of 1,800 whales and dolphins and the deafening of 15,900 more by ceasing the operation of the Navy's underwater sound system in the Hawaiian Islands, the California and Atlantic Coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico.

The Navy is required to include comments on their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) re: the use of high frequency underwater sound for testing in Hawaii, the California and Atlantic Coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico. According to their estimates it will deafen more than 15,900 whales and dolphins and kill 1,800 more over the next 5 years. Whales and dolphins depend on sound to navigate and live. Your signature and comment will have to be included in the EIS and could stop this Naval program, potentially saving the lives of these ocean creatures. The comments must be in by July 10, 2012.

While you're doing that you can read the following:
The Helsinki Group's Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans

Following their 2010 conference on Cetacean Rights, the Helsinki Group put together a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans (which includes all whales, dolphins, and porpoises). Their ten point declaration goes like this:

Based on the principle of the equal treatment of all persons; Recognizing that scientific research gives us deeper insights into the complexities of cetacean minds, societies and cultures; Noting that the progressive development of international law manifests an entitlement to life by cetaceans; We affirm that all cetaceans as persons have the right to life, liberty and wellbeing. We conclude that:

Every individual cetacean has the right to life.

No cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be removed from their natural environment.

All cetaceans have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural environment.

No cetacean is the property of any State, corporation, human group or individual.
Cetaceans have the right to the protection of their natural environment.

Cetaceans have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.

The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under international and domestic law.

Cetaceans are entitled to an international order in which these rights, freedoms and norms can be fully realized.

No State, corporation, human group or individual should engage in any activity that undermines these rights, freedoms and norms.

Nothing in this Declaration shall prevent a State from enacting stricter provisions for the protection of cetacean rights.

After you're done there, if you still feel like you want to learn more or get involved, check out the following websites:

Champions for Cetaceans

WWF

Sea Shepherd

If you're in they Delaware/Philly/South NJ area and want to get involved with a bunch of really cool and very dedicated volunteers or maybe just hang out with us, then check us out on facebook.

Also, check out the diaries below and give the diarists some love:

Don't make Admiral Kirk Save Us!: Stop the Navy from Killing Cetaceans

Save the Whales by July 10th!

US Navy engaging in mass slaughter of Cetaceans. STOP them. (update)

Stop the US Navy from Killing the Whales

Finally sit back and enjoy the sound of some dolphins and whales while you tell the Navy to cut the crap.

Originally posted to DisNoir36 on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 04:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by PWB Peeps and Your Government at Work.

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