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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 sonar?s 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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Jul 24th, 2015
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Jul 8th, 2015
Someone from Issaquah, WA writes:
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It's just awful what the Navy is doing! I used to look up to them, but now they just disgust me!
Jul 3rd, 2015
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We know what the navy is doing. We may not know why...but they are killing marine life and its unacceptable.
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It is the right thing to do for our fragile ecosystem!!!!
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Someone from Lahaina, HI writes:
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Such a tragedy what happens to the whales. Please rethink sonar usage, especially in fragile sea environments like breeding grounds and migration routes.
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Jun 16th, 2015
Someone from Cannon Beach, OR writes:
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Seismic surveys are decimating the habitat for whales, dolphins and other marine life. Air gun blasts reach 200 dbl continually for sometimes 90 days. Please stop this slaughter of whales and dolphins before it's too late! Restrict seismic testing today!
Jun 16th, 2015
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Jun 14th, 2015
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Practices this destructive cannot be allowed to continue and history will harshly judge those who fail to act.
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