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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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Aug 14th, 2014
Someone from Arlington, VA writes:
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Obama has decided to "allow sonar testing off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland to see how much oil and gas is out there?To get that data, companies will use sonar blasts that are a hundred times louder than jet engines. Even the Obama Administration scientists who approved the tests admit the sonar blasts will harm more than 100,000 creatures, like whales and sea turtles that are endangered." (quoted sections are from a story on WAMU 88.5 on 8/13) This should be part of the petition.
Aug 14th, 2014
Someone from Flushing, NY signed.
Aug 13th, 2014
Someone from Washington Court House, OH signed.
Aug 13th, 2014
Someone from Chicago, IL signed.
Aug 12th, 2014
Someone from Lorida, FL signed.
Aug 9th, 2014
Someone from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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This kind of testing is going to have a huge impact on our fishing industry. Why can't we find compromises that won't hurt our precious wildlife. They're a part of this world, too, and we can't survive without them.
Aug 3rd, 2014
Someone from Shelby, NC signed.
Jul 29th, 2014
Someone from Squaw Valley, CA writes:
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DO NOT allow sonic or any form of acoustic testing to be carried out/oerformed/allowed in ANYwaters of the United States.The whales, dolphins, fish are there and are beneficial for the ecosystem of our oceans.
Jul 29th, 2014
Someone from Squaw Valley, CA writes:
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Ocean Creatures Are CRITICAL to the Health of our Oceans.. Fish....AND US !! NO TESTING !!!
Jul 28th, 2014
Someone from Los Angeles, CA signed.
Jul 27th, 2014
Someone from Cape Coral, FL writes:
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This is ridiculous. If any public official supports this, we will be voting them out!
Jul 26th, 2014
Someone from Crescent City, CA writes:
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Please outlaw All types of Active Sonar because all frequency levels are killing the whales and dolphins by rupturing their ear drums and lungs.
Jul 26th, 2014
Someone from North Hollywood, CA signed.
Jul 26th, 2014
Someone from Milford, CT signed.
Jul 25th, 2014
Someone from Denver, CO signed.
Jul 24th, 2014
Someone from Hinesville, GA signed.
Jul 24th, 2014
Someone from Lakeland, FL writes:
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To intentionally maim or kill marine life for the sole purpose of financial gain (oil) or for war games is beyond comprehension. It is malice. It is an injustice to innocent creatures. And this act of cruelty needs to cease.
Jul 23rd, 2014
Someone from Naples, ME writes:
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I care about our marine life more than I care about oil!!!!!! When will we stop our dependency?
Jul 23rd, 2014
Someone from Paradise, CA writes:
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Protect nature and mother earths creatures. Human ignorance is the cause of the imbalances in this world...
Jul 23rd, 2014
Someone from Clawson, MI signed.
Jul 22nd, 2014
Someone from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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Conducting this testing would be an absurd act in the process of continuing to seek antiquated and harmful sources of energy. Conducting this testing would be the first domino in a series of terrible nd shortsighted decisions, bad for our health, bad for our economy, and lethally harmful to the already compromised balance of our oceans.
Jul 19th, 2014
Someone from Tarboro, NC writes:
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Reverse the decision to begin seismic testing along the East Coast. Save our marine inhabitants, ecology, and businesses!
Jul 18th, 2014
Someone from Cocoa Beach, FL signed.
Jul 16th, 2014
Someone from Aurora, CO signed.
Jul 14th, 2014
Someone from Saint Augustine, FL signed.
Jul 14th, 2014
Someone from Saint Augustine, FL signed.
Jul 12th, 2014
Someone from Chicago, IL writes:
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Stop the inhumane treatment.
Jul 8th, 2014
Someone from Mukilteo, WA writes:
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Stop killing whales by sonar and seismic testing! Please. Seriously!
Jul 2nd, 2014
Someone from Barnegat Light, NJ writes:
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THIS IS CRIMINAL AND IS KILLING SEA CREATURES.
Jun 21st, 2014
Someone from Versailles, KY signed.
Jun 19th, 2014
Someone from Saint George, SC signed.
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Someone from Saint George, SC signed.
Jun 19th, 2014
Someone from Saint George, SC signed.
Jun 18th, 2014
Someone from Long Branch, NJ signed.
Jun 17th, 2014
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Jun 15th, 2014
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Jun 13th, 2014
Someone from Pompano Beach, FL signed.
Jun 11th, 2014
Someone from Arlington Heights, IL signed.
Jun 10th, 2014
Someone from Yachats, OR signed.
Jun 10th, 2014
Someone from Yachats, OR signed.
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