Target: The Nature Conservancy of Peru
Goal: Stop the slaughter of dolphins through deep water sonar technology.
Peru’s environmental activists are reporting that the number of dead dolphins washing up on Peruvian shores has reached a record high. In a single month, 615 dolphins turned up dead on the coastline. This unprecedented number of deaths is being attributed to the shipping industry’s use of deep water sonar systems.
Scientists report that none of the dolphins showed any marks of trauma on their bodies or had evidence of poisoning. However, researchers did find that the animals had damage in their middle ear bones, a symptom of deep compression syndrome. Deep compression syndrome can be caused by sonar bursts that produce hemorrhages and lead to a painful death.
Deep water sonar is used by the shipping industry and oil companies that are searching for underwater petroleum. This technology produces sounds that are so loud and violent, they damage animal hearing, disorient animals, and can ultimately lead to death. Michael Jasny of the Natural Resource Defense Council likens the noises to that of dynamite going off near your house for months on end.
The seismic equipment being used in offshore drilling is proving to be detrimental to marine environments. The Organization for the Conservation of Aquatic Animals (ORCA) calculates that this case depicts the highest number of dolphin deaths anywhere in the world in the last decade. Using technology that is undoubtedly killing thousands of dolphins each year is irresponsible and unethical. Contact Peru’s Nature Conservancy and ask them to stand with us against this injustice to marine life.
Dear Peru Nature Conservancy,
As you may know, thousands of dolphins are being slaughtered off the Peruvian coast every year due to deep water sonar technology used by oil companies. The seismic blasts produced by this equipment leads to hemorrhaging and deep compression syndrome, ultimately causing painful deaths for dolphins. Since the summer of 2011 alone, an estimated 3,000 dolphins have washed up on Peru’s coastline.
Oil companies and the shipping industry are drilling and exploring undersea for their own profit and advancement. They are not considering the considerable amount of damage they are causing marine environments, especially dolphins. We need to protect this species and demand better conduct from corporations. We ask you to stand up against this issue and work against oil companies killing dolphins through deep water sonar.
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