Save Dolphins From Drowning in Drift Nets

Target: Jim Kurth, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect dolphins by banning the use of drift nets.

Thousands of dolphins are killed by drift net fishing every year. They become tangled in these deadly nets used to catch fish to be sold in markets as food, leading to death by drowning; when the nets are removed, the poor creatures’ tails and fins are cut off in order to free their corpses from the net.

This cannot continue. Dolphins are already dangerously close to extinction due to many factors, but the use of drift nets is one of the most horrifying. The dolphins who become caught in these nets suffer for extended periods of time before finally dying, a complete waste of a life just for the sake of seafood sales.

There are much better ways to fish than the use of these dangerous nets. We must demand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encourage the use of alternatives so that dolphins can swim freely and safely. Sign this petition to help outlaw the use of drift nets once and for all.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Kurth,

The use of drift nets in fishing and ocean farming has killed millions of dolphins, who become entangled in the nets and drown; when they are taken ashore, their tails and fins are cut off in order to free their corpses from the net.

This has been a problem for decades; tuna fisheries, and more recently the swordfish market, use these dangerous nets to farm the sea for as many fish as they can. But there are much better ways to farm the ocean that do not put the lives of innocent dolphins at risk.

Please help to outlaw the use of drift nets and encourage more humane methods of fishing. Dolphins have suffered enough due to various factors, but if we can remove one major hurdle from their existence, they can have a better chance of living in peace.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Willy Volk

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3 Comments

  1. USA FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE DROP THE DRIFT NET NOW. BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

  2. BAN ALL DRIFT NETS NOW

  3. Yes ban all driftnets! They cause the untold suffering, torture, terror and deaths of huge numbers of not only dolphins but many other types of marine creatures and birds.

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