Target: Earthjustice Attorney David Henkin
Goal: Praise efforts to save whales and other marine life from disruptive Navy training practices.
Whales, dolphins, and other threatened marine life saw a major victory recently when a judge ruled that planned U.S. Navy training exercises using persistent sonar would have more than a “negligible impact” on wildlife. The sonar used in this kind of training tends to confuse and agitate marine animals that use their own sonar to hunt and communicate, especially whales and dolphins. Due to other hardships caused by human activity, the last thing these animals need is more disruption to their lives.
Though the National Marine Fisheries Service had decided that the training exercises using persistent sonar would not have much of an impact on marine life, environmentalists and animal rights activists were concerned that not enough was being done to ensure the well-being of animals that are already under continuous stress from global warming and overfishing. Thanks to the efforts of environmental lawyers supported by petitions such as ForceChange’s Save the Whales from Persistent Sonar, U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated environmental law when it approved this navy training program.
The Navy will now need to resubmit their application for a permit to use the area for training or relocate to a less sensitive part of the ocean. By signing this petition, you’ll thank the environmentalists who fought for the well-being of threatened marine life in the face of powerful military forces.
Dear Mr. Henkin,
I’ve heard about your recent victory in the fight to protect whales and other marine life from unnecessary U.S. Navy training exercises that use disruptive persistent sonar in common feeding and breeding grounds. Whales and dolphins in the area of Southern California and Hawaii can now continue to feed and communicate without being confused and agitated by constant outside sources of sonar.
It was completely ridiculous that the planned Navy training program was ruled to have “negligible impact” on marine life in the first place. Thanks to your hard work and that of other environmentalists, this suspicious oversight was stopped in its tracks, and the Navy will either have to reapply for their permit or move their training exercises to an area that isn’t full of already stressed and threatened animals.
I want to thank you for everything you’ve done to protect marine life in the Pacific and want you to know that you have my support in your future efforts. Please keep up the fight to save fragile marine ecosystems.
[Your Name Here]
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