It's outrageous. The federal agency charged with protecting marine mammals wants to green-light a U.S. Navy training plan that could kill more than 1,000 of them.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is prepared to give the Navy a permit to use high-powered explosives and deafening sonar during five years of training and testing -- with devastating impacts on whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.
The Fisheries Service needs to hear an immediate outcry from hundreds of thousands of us.
Tell the agency to do its job of protecting marine mammals by rejecting the Navy's reckless plan and putting common-sense safeguards in place.
The Navy's own Environmental Review concedes that its plan would harass, injure or kill marine mammals more than 31 million times in the ocean waters off the East Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and the Gulf states.
That includes millions of cases of temporary hearing loss, more than 5,000 serious injuries and more than 1,000 deaths -- a toll three times higher than the impacts of any previous Navy plan.
I'm sure you agree that whales shouldn't have to suffer and die for routine military practice -- especially when putting safeguards in place to protect them would not compromise our national security.
Thank you for making your voice heard on behalf of whales and other marine mammals.
Frances Beinecke President Natural Resources Defense Council
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