Despite a public outcry, the Navy apparently intends to move forward with a plan to conduct underwater testing of explosive weapons and sonar devices in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s estimated that hundreds of dolphins and whales will be fatally wounded in the blasts.
And tens of thousands of animals are expected to sustain debilitating injuries, and millions more are expected to sustain “minor” ones such as loss of hearing, the key sense that marine mammals use to forage for food, identify predators, and communicate with family members.
The Navy is claiming that these tests are needed for homeland security; however, protective measures have not been adequately explored.
The current plan to conduct underwater tests of sonar and explosives should be STOPPED while safer alternatives are explored. Please politely urge Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to ensure that the Navy takes steps to prevent harm to animals in its plans to protect the nation!
The Honorable Charles T. Hagel
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