By Kirsten Massebeau Champions for Cetaceans Daily Scoop
The Navy has submitted their request for “incidental takes of marine mammals with NMFS/NOAA for 2012 U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing Activities (AFTT). Marine mammals will suffer painful deaths inflicted by sonar, under water explosions and exposure to toxic chemicals. As can be seen in the tables below the number of whales, dolphins, and seals to be killed (harassment A) and impacted (harassment B) are unacceptable. The Navy now admits that harm will be caused yet are increasing their training program and impact on marine mammals. (Source)
REQUEST FOR REGULATIONS AND LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION
FOR THE INCIDENTAL TAKING OF MARINE MAMMALS
RESULTING FROM U.S. NAVY TRAINING AND TESTING ACTIVITIES
IN THE ATLANTIC FLEET TRAINING AND TESTING STUDY AREA
(September 2012 FINAL)
These numbers are unacceptable! All ocean activists need to make comments and let our voices be heard. Only we can stop the Navy from decimating whale and dolphin populations. Please follow this link and make your comment. The comment period ends on 11/05/2012. We must convince NMFS/NOAA that these incidental take numbers are unacceptable!
- U.S. Navy Proposes “Taking” 33 Million Marine Mammals (timzimmermann.com)
- Will the Federal Agency Charged with Protecting Whales and Dolphins Stand Up to the Navy? (switchboard.nrdc.org)
The first related article clearly states, “Most of these creatures will be disturbed in some way but not injured or killed.” To the previous suggestions that this is “terrorism” is absurd considering the fact that terrorism to to strike fear or terror to the public which are clearly not the intentions of this project. The U.S Navy uses these tactics and animals to protect the people, if you would also like to prove that this program does not work I’d be very much willing to read reliable sources to support the precedented opinion.
This is an unacceptable form of the use of an omnipotent organization to squander tax payer dollars while excessively endangering or killing a variety of ocean dwellers for purposes which have been proven not to work well or at all.
Absolutely beyond words!! So horrible!!
Only we can control the Navy. We the people!
This is truly unacceptable! One life is too many!
The tables don’t lie! When is the trade off for Naval “War games” to much! Time to start protecting our oceans.
One life is too many yet they plan to impact 33 million!
I don’t like this at all, just the information and link. This is terrorism in my book
The Navy is making war on dolphins and whales. When is the trade off for “war games” too great? Here at champions we are for whales and dolphins not political gains of any kind.
What is terrorism? This is an article about what is happening to dolphins and whales during Naval training exercises.