Letter Opposing Proposed Navy Permits to Harm and Harass 31 million Dolphins and Whales


By Kirsten Massebeau

Dolphin death linked to Naval Sonar exercises off the coast of San Diego,Ca. 2008/In 2000, 17 wnales stranded on beaches in the Bahamas following U.S. Navy sonar exercises. Beaked whales appear to be especially sensitive to sonar.

Dolphin death linked to Naval Sonar exercises off the coast of San Diego,Ca. 2008/In 2000, 17 whales stranded on beaches in the Bahamas following U.S. Navy sonar exercises. Beaked whales appear to be especially sensitive to sonar.

If the U.S. Navy is awarded two permits to “take” 31 million whales and dolphins over the next five years the results will be devastating to whales, dolphins, seals and all marine life off the Atlantic Coastline, Hawaii and Southern California Coastlines. The comment period on these two permits closes on March 11, 2013. Both permits are still up for review. Follow these links to see the permits and submit your comments.

How many more must die for war games!

How many more must die for war games!

A sample letter and suggestions have been provided by Stephen Hambrick creator of the  Facebook Event: Save Whales & Dolphins from Navy Sonar Massacre! 

Please enter your comments regarding the Navy sonar testing. Tell them the potential casualty rate of Marine Mammals is unacceptable.
– NOTE VERY IMPORTANT. Please Be polite. At the end of your Comment Say the following “Request the application by the US Navy be denied.”

EXAMPLE COMMENTS…….

The following are all very good examples, however it is not necessary to leave a lengthy Comment.

Such as :
a) The loss of marine life is too great, the oceans with all the vastly diversified free-roaming life of Cetaceans, together with all the other life forms contained within them are not owned or vested to the determination of the USA. Request the application by the US Navy be denied.

b) “I write to express my opposition to this permit. To further allow the Navy to have an increase in incidental takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; U.S. Navy Training and Testing Activities in the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing Study Area
The numbers of marine mammals the Navy plans to harm, harass, and kill are catastrophic in impact to all the species specified. It is without precedent to slaughter, maim, otherwise harm cetaceans and other sea life on this scale. Request the application by the US Navy be denied.

c) This permit seeks to fundamentally effect the balance of the worlds oceans and it’s natural habit I wish therefore to demand that you do not award the navy this permit, which seeks to commit devastation which will have consequences well beyond the the USA oceanic jurisdiction. Request the application by the US Navy be denied.

d) Dostana posts, “The loss of marine life is too great, the oceans with all the vastly diversified free-roaming life of Cetaceans, together with all the other life forms contained within them are not owned or vested to the determination of the USA. Request the application by the US Navy be denied.”

e) By the Navy’s own admission, per their application. The Navy requests authorization to take individuals in a total of 74 marine mammal species and another 27 more marine mammals, with serious injury or mortality. While I appreciate the Navy’s ability to defend and protect, the training and exercises should not be at the expense of the life of our oceans. For without our oceans. We have no life!
A panel of leading marine scientists brought together in Oxford in 2011 by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The suggestion made by the panel is that the potential extinction of species, from large fish to tiny corals, is directly comparable to the five great mass extinctions in the geological record, during each of which much of the world’s life died out. The panel of 27 scientists, who considered the latest research from all areas of marine science, concluded that a “combination of stressors is creating the conditions associated with every previous major extinction of species in Earth’s history”. They also concluded:The speed and rate of degeneration of the oceans is far faster than anyone has predicted; Many of the negative impacts identified are greater than the worst predictions; The first steps to globally significant extinction may have already begun. Dr Alex Rogers, professor of conservation biology at Oxford University and IPSO’s scientific director states: “As we considered the cumulative effect of what humankind does to the oceans, the implications became far worse than we had realized.This is a very serious situation demanding action at every level. We are looking at consequences for humankind that will impact in our lifetime, and worse, in the lifetime of our children and generations beyond that.” Given the state of our oceans at this time, allowing these tests seems to be far beyond a ‘negligible impact’. Therefore I request the application of the US Navy be denied.

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18 thoughts on “Letter Opposing Proposed Navy Permits to Harm and Harass 31 million Dolphins and Whales

  1. The yanks are being two faced they are quick to raise the alarm about Japan an china & now they want to behave just like them.I have a better idea why don’t they do their so called “testing” on their own american citizens that will help with their population explosion ! we oppose the permit all of us……..

  2. This is absolutely absurd and nothing more than an arrogant display of military might of a naval force with fast degenerating moral and ethical values. Stop these senseless activities before it is too late for anyone of us. The creatures whose lives are at stake and habitats are at peril are not the property of a particular country but belong to the entire world, and they have every right to live, thrive and flourish without any harm coming their way. I, like the others, as a world citizen, am totally against this permit to be issued to the US Navy.

  3. We NEED to oppose these permits, we owe it to our children & their children, we can not leave them with a planet of dead oceans..!
    Please, it is our duty to protect the animals who allow US to share our planet with them.
    These permits will affect the mammals of our oceans FOREVER..!

  4. We feel sick when we see what 8 billion humans are doing to this earth… it’s past the time to start spending money on the benefit of the planet, instead of the continual destruction… How can the US navy even consider – continuing to do this ?! They must stop!!! (imagine what a paradise earth would be if the money and effort of all wars had been put into benefiting this planet !!!

  5. This is no fair to the planet. I am very disappointed with the decision of the US Navy. I am totally counter!!!! Oceans do not belong to anybody. Please respect the wild life!!!!!

  6. This is disgraceful, & totally irresponsible. How can the US navy even consider doing this, but given that they do, they must be stopped, by the people. Whales & dolphins can’t speak for themselves.

  7. EXCELLENT compilation via many hours of research and distillation ..quite obviously. Thank you so much for this time saving resource of petitions and tools to fight the massively unnacceptable slaughters that WILL occur if not aggressively headed off by .. ALL of us !

  8. I wish to make it known that I oppose this. permit. The US Navy must be denied this permit, considering the state of our oceans and the great cost to marine life.

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