|Navy assault on whales could
begin November 1!
NRDC: Urgent Call to Action to Help
Save the Whales and Dolphins:
am contacting you via email because NRDC is facing an imminent
and financial deadline in a case of extraordinary importance.
you've done so much to help us protect wildlands and wildlife
thought you'd want to know about this critical situation.
days from now, NRDC attorneys will appear in U.S. Federal Court
seek to stop the U.S. Navy from operating a new and extremely
sonar system that would blast hundreds of thousands of
miles of ocean habitat with noise so intense it can maim,
or even kill whales at close range.
is racing to court because the Bush administration has just
its approval for the Navy to begin deploying this Low Frequency
(LFA) sonar system across 75 percent of the world's oceans.
worse, the Navy intends to begin operations of this frightening
technology as early as November 1st!
need your immediate help. Please go to
now to make an online emergency contribution that will help us
this critical legal battle.
scientists are warning that this sonar system may threaten the
survival of entire populations of whales, some already teetering
the brink of extinction.
opposed to traditional "passive" sonar, which locates submarines
listening for sound in the water, the new "active" sonar uses
loudspeakers to blast the ocean with an effective noise
of 235 decibels and then waits for a response. At close range,
shock waves are so intense they can destroy whales' eardrums,
their lungs to hemorrhage, and even kill. Further from the
LFA noise still can result in permanent hearing loss in
mammals after a single transmission, and cause whales to
from their migration paths.
dangers are hardly theoretical. Two years ago, the mere testing
high-intensity Navy sonar in mid-frequency range caused a mass
of whales in the Bahamas. Whales from at least three
species died, their inner ears bleeding from the explosive
of the sonar signal.
the Navy have the right to conduct a giant uncontrolled
on our oceans and every living creature in them?
Bush administration seems to think so. It has issued a permit
exempts the Navy from having to obey the Marine Mammal
Act, in effect giving the military a blank check to harass
injure whales and dolphins at will.
think that's unconscionable and illegal. But we must have your
help if we are to prevail in court. We urgently need to
significant new funds in order to cover litigation expenses and
the imminent deployment of deadly, noise-producing sonar.
I urge you to help by going to
now and making an online emergency contribution.
join us in stopping the U.S. Navy before it unleashes this
menace on the world's oceans. With your help, we can
sure that no more whales have to suffer and die from high-power
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