Target: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Goal: Investigate and prosecute those individuals responsible for the abuse and brutal killings of dolphins along the Gulf Coast.
Recently, several dolphins were found washed up along the Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, sawed-off fins, missing jaws, and in one case, a screwdriver protruding from its skull. Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) believe these attacks to be intentional and not just the work of one sick individual. Sign this petition and demand a thorough investigation be conducted into these dolphin attacks, and demand justice be sought for these innocent mammals.
Dolphins are protected under the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the hunting or killing of a dolphin can mean a fine up to $10,000 and one year in prison per violation. However, these punishments have not been enough to stop these most recent dolphin attacks. Since 2010, there have been over 700 recorded dolphin deaths, and the number of deaths attributed to human interaction has increased.
The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund said it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved with the dolphin attacks. Officials from NOAA are asking Gulf Coast residents to come forward with any information.
Although it is important that those responsible for the senseless slaughter of innocent and defenseless animals be brought to justice, it is also important to increase awareness about the detriments of human interaction with dolphins. Dolphins already have to contend with humans in their oceans. As curious mammals, they will approach people and boats, so it is hugely important to educate people on how to behave around dolphins.
Sign this petition and demand that those responsible for these gruesome dolphin attacks be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Perhaps through this investigation, people will become more aware of how to share the oceans with dolphins and let them live in peace.
Dear National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Recently, several dolphin corpses washed up along the Gulf Coast with gunshot wounds, sawed-off fins, and missing jaws. Since 2010, there have been 700 recorded dolphin deaths, and those deaths attributed to human interaction have been on the rise. Please increase your awareness campaigns on appropriate human interaction with dolphins, and work to educate the public on how to behave with these wild animals. This way, we can decrease the number of dolphins that die as a result of human carelessness.
This recent dolphin slaughter is gross abuse of innocent and defenseless animals. It is also deserving of the $10,000 fine and one-year prison sentence that can be brought against those people caught hunting and killing dolphins. This blatant disregard for not just our laws, but the lives of these beautiful creatures, needs to be remedied. Please conduct a thorough investigation into these atrocities and help to bring the perpetrators to justice. Prosecuting those responsible for the deaths of these dolphins may help to bring awareness to your campaign for dolphin safety.
[Your Name Here]
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