Target: General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
Goal: Stop the U.S. Air Force from dropping bombs off the coast of Hawaii.
The U.S. Air Force plans on dropping 100 bombs a year for five years off the coast of one of Hawaii’s islands. In this incredibly diverse area, such activity will threaten over 300 species with injury or death, while 36 species risk being permanently deafened.
Many marine animals, including whales and dolphins, use sound to navigate and interact. Impaired hearing can be a sever detriment to these animals’ lives and behavioral patterns. The coasts of Kauai are teeming with life; the Air Force claims it will look for animals on the surface, but that will accomplish little in these deep waters.
Sign our petition and demand the U.S. Air Force reconsider bombing these waters. Protecting marine ecosystems is a far more worthy cause than wasteful military testing.
Dear General Goldfein,
The U.S. Air Force plans on dropping 100 bombs a year until 2022 off the coasts of Hawaii’s island Kauai. This could potentially permanently deafen up to 36 species of marine mammals, and could injure or kill over 300 more species.
Many marine animals, including whales and dolphins, both of which abound in the waters around Kauai, communicate and navigate using sound. These bombs could severely alter these animals’ behavioral patterns and negatively impact their lives.
The Air Force claims it will look for animals on the surface to prevent harm, but this will be a difficult feat in Kauai’s deep waters. The least the Air Force could do is use its hydrophones in potential bomb sites to look out for vulnerable animals.
Please reconsider bombing these waters. The reward is not worth the risk, especially when these tests are superfluous.
[Your Name Here]
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