These dolphins and their baby calves are just trying to swim and live in their natural habitat. That's hard enough with climate change warming the water -- now they have to deal with BP's lung and liver diseases, too?
According to National Geographic, "More than 900 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead or stranded in the oil spill area since April 2010. If you stretched the corpses lengthwise, that's 1.5 miles of dead dolphins."
Even though greedy BP has tried to get out of paying the settlement they agreed to, the courts are thankfully holding their feet to the fire. The next step -- making sure that money goes to the wildlife and Gulf communities who need it most -- is up to us.
Stand up for dolphins, and sign the petition to the Department of Commerce: Make sure BP fines are used for Gulf restoration! This petition needs 60,000 signatures by June 30 -- will you add your name today?
Thanks to BP's indifference and recklessness, sea turtles are in as much pain four years later as the dolphins: Scientists have found 500 dead turtles a year since the spill, far more than normal. All five of the Gulf's turtle species are already endangered, with their babies facing long odds of even making it to the ocean after hatching -- another threat from Big Oil is the last thing they need right now.
Loons, mahi mahi, sperm whales, and humans are all suffering, too -- but there is no legal guarantee that BP's fines will pay for BP's destruction. Will you sign the petition to make sure this money pays for habitat, environmental, and community restoration, not corporate development in fragile areas?