Protect East Coast Whales from Extinction

ID-10049917

Target: National Marine Fisheries Service

Goal: Protect East Coast endangered right whale from extinction

The National Marine Fisheries Service has set up temporary protection for the right whale, an endangered East Coast species of whale, from large ships. However, these regulations will be expiring soon and the NMFS has no plans to renew them. These regulations are essential to the survival of the whale population and must be extended.

When giant industrial ships sail too quickly, they increase the likelihood of ramming into one of the whales and wounding it fatally. The NMFS currently imposes a maritime speed limit along the East Coast on vessels in the commercial shipping industry to prevent this unfortunate occurrence. Without this vital regulation, the whales have very limited chances of recovering as a species.

There are approximately as few as 400 right whales left in the whole world. According to Defenders of Wildlife, “The whales’ coastal feeding, breeding and nursing grounds coincide with some of the busiest shipping areas in the United States.” The imposed speed limits greatly reduce the amount of unnecessary right whale fatalities every year. The permanent enacting of this regulation is crucial to preserving the whales.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear National Marine Fisheries Service,

The right whale is in grave danger. With only about four hundred of this majestic species left, now is an absolutely crucial time for humans to step in to protect them. Your temporary speed limits along the Atlantic Coast have been highly effective in preventing the superfluous deaths of right whales. I strongly encourage you to make these temporary laws a permanent solution and rescue the right whale from extinction.

Along the commercially busiest stretch of ocean, the right whale naturally commences its mating and nursing. The whales cannot change their instincts, but humans can change their actions. The survival of this species depends on our willingness to make a change and intervene for these magnificent creatures.

I should not have to explain to you the negative impacts that the loss of a species will inevitably have on the environment. The ecosystem is a delicate thing to keep in balance, and as humans, it is our duty to protect and defend it. Please consider making the speed limits permanent, and save the right whales from extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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