Fwd: Stop Navy’s Ramped-Up Assault on Whales! Two Simple Actions…

From: Russell Wray <7coast@roadrunner.com>

Please Help to Stop the Navy’s Ramped-Up Sonar Assault on Whales!
A critically endangered right whale dives off of Grand Manan. If unchecked, the Navy’s activities may well push the right whale into extinction………………..

The U.S. Navy is now seeking permits, under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)  to “Take” whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals more than 31 million times over the next five years as a result of its training and testing activities involving the use of explosives and sonar in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and in waters off of Southern California and Hawaii. A “take” refers to harm inflicted that ranges from a significant behavioral impact, such as habitat abandonment, to death. The Navy predicts that these “takes” will harass, injure, and kill even endangered and threatened species. Ironically, NMFS, the federal agency charged with the responsibility for protecting marine species, proposes to give the Navy the go-ahead.
There is much the Navy could do to reduce the impacts. It could, for example, simply avoid training and testing in areas of important habitat for vulnerable species at certain times of the year. This is widely regarded as one of the best ways of mitigating harm. But the Navy will not do that. Nor will it engage in a number of other available measures that could greatly reduce impacts without limiting its ability to train and test in any substantial way.
Demand that NMFS deny the permits unless the Navy agrees to make use of mitigation measures known to effectively protect marine mammals! 
Please use the links below to call on NMFS to stop acting as the Navy’s enabler and to start doing its job (for a change)…Protecting marine life!
Whale and Dolphin Watch….http://www.whaleanddolphinwatch.com/
Thank you for taking action. Please pass this message on…..
For more information, please contact:

Russell Wray
Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats 
536 Point Road
Hancock, Maine 04640
phone and fax: 207-422-8273



Fidel Castro, in his May Day speech in 2000, told the Cuban people
 that the ability of their nation to survive and maintain its revolutionary
independence depended on being willing to fight and win a “Battle of Ideas.” 
Among other things he emphasized that “Revolution means… 
being treated and treating others like human beings.”

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