Target: First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir George Zambellas
Goal: Cancel naval exercise that may result in the deaths of countless dolphins.
An upcoming army training drill will put thousands of dolphins at risk of injury and death. The British Royal Navy is due to carry out a maritime exercise using sonar, despite a similar exercise having caused Britain’s worst ever case of dolphin strandings eight years ago. After that incident, an investigation concluded that anti-submarine sonars used in a navy exercise were to blame for nearly 30 young dolphins being beached.
According to Cliff Benson, the director of animal charity The Sea Trust, mid-frequency sonar creates a sound “equal to being close up to a jumbo jet” and leads to the dolphins suffering an “excruciating death.” The area the drill is due to be carried out in is home to thousands of common dolphins.
Sign this petition demanding that this harmful naval exercise is cancelled to protect countless dolphins from disorientation, injury and death.
Dear Admiral Zambellas,
The naval exercise due to be carried out by the Royal Navy off the Welsh coast is likely to result in the deaths of countless dolphins. Eight years ago, a similar exercise using mid-frequency sonar resulted in Britain’s worst incident of dolphin strandings.
According to the Sea Trust, sonar used in these marine exercises disorients dolphins, damaging their hearing and driving them to areas where they become beached and can die “excruciating deaths.” Please cancel this training exercise at once, replacing it with one that does not put dolphins or any other animals at risk.
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