Prohibit Military Sonar and Seismic Testing harming Marine Mammals

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We the citizenry of the United States hereby petition the Congress and the President of the United States to prohibit the use of mid frequency sonar as well as seismic testing by the United States Navy and or Scientific research vessels that have been proposed by the US Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) based on the following:Use of military sonar has been associated with mass whale strandings and deaths in Hawaii, the Bahamas, Greece, Madeira, Vieques, the Canary Islands, Spain, Japan and the American Northwest. But while the U.S. Navy openly acknowledges that its active sonar harms marine mammals, it refuses to comply with laws that limit sonars use. In 2007, suit was filed against the Navy over its plans to use high-intensity, mid-frequency active sonar in Hawaii waters, including within a humpback whale sanctuary and near the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. In February 2008, a federal district judge found the Navy in violation of the law and declared that it may not proceed with its plans in Hawaii unless it adheres to measures protecting marine mammals and prepares an environmental impact statement. Most recently, in early 2012 we filed suit with allies against the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to protect thousands of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions from ocean noise brought by Navy warfare training exercises along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

Other kinds of oceanic noise pollution, such as that caused by seismic surveys which create the loudest noises detectable in the ocean also have a significant effect on whales. In 2002, two dead beaked whales were found stranded in the Gulf of California following underwater airgun blasts fired by a National Science Foundation-owned research vessel. As a result of the previously filing suit ,an injunction was granted shutting down the seismic surveys.

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We know what you are really trying to kill of. Let nature decide what lives on our planet. Stop playing God. You have no right. This campaign has nothing to do with National security. You have gone to far. Live and let live.
Stop the war against the planet. The M-I complex is not a being with inherent rights, it's an entity that is taking away the rights of real beings. Searching for oil and testing weaponry are not acceptable reasons to do so since both are destroying life and the planet that the military is supposed to be protecting.
Please stop this cruel practice in our oceans. These beautiful sentient beings have served the U.S. Navy in many ways. Give them the respect and care they deserve.
It's just awful what the Navy is doing! I used to look up to them, but now they just disgust me!
We know what the navy is doing. We may not know why...but they are killing marine life and its unacceptable.