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Save Dolphins and Whales From Navy Tests!

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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
U.S. Secretary of Defense
charles.t.hagel.mil@mail.mil

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I was shocked to learn that, despite a public outcry, the Navy plans to conduct underwater testing of explosive weapons and sonar devices and that it estimates that hundreds of dolphins and whales could be fatally wounded, that tens of thousands of animals could sustain debilitating injuries, and that millions more animals could sustain “minor” injuries such as loss of hearing—the primary tool marine mammals use to forage for food, identify predators, and communicate with family members. These tests will also disrupt migrations and inhibit reproduction.

Please ensure that the Navy takes steps to prevent harm to animals in its endeavors to protect the nation. The current plan to conduct underwater tests of sonar and explosives should be halted while safer alternatives are explored.

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