Investigate Deaths of Dozens of Dolphins Near Oil Spill Site

Target: Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius

Goal: Determine whether deaths of marine life are due to recent oil spill.

At least 40 dolphins have died in Mauritius’ Mahebourg Lagoon, a protected wildlife sanctuary affected by a recent oil spill from the MV Wakashio, a grounded Japanese oil tanker. Cleanup efforts have proceeded slowly as responsibility for the accident and recovery have been debated. Meanwhile, untold amounts of chemicals used for oil transportation and operation of ships’ equipment have seeped into the pristine waters off Mauritius’ coast, posing a serious threat to wildlife.

For three days in late August, local conservationists and fishermen have observed dozens of dolphins, both adults and juvenile, mysteriously die tragic, painful deaths in the waters of Mahebourg. Previously, these animals were thriving, and while the oil spill can’t currently be conclusively proven as the cause of the deaths, the geographical and chronological circumstances are too strong to be merely coincidental. Sign below and add your voice to those of thousands of Mauritians in demanding a full investigation into the deaths of these innocent creatures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister,

The devastating deaths of nearly 40 dolphins in the waters of Mahebourg Lagoon have rightly outraged thousands of Mauritians who have demanded justice from those responsible for the MV Wakashio spill. The presence of oil in this lagoon, as well as the suspiciously recent deaths, suggest a substantial case for searching for a possible cause of death originating in the spill. I demand that you initiate a full investigation to determine what killed these dolphins and to protect other animals that may be at risk.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Abdolhossein Rezvani

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2 Comments

  1. Yes, a full investigation is needed and anyone responsible needs to pay a very heavy price.

  2. Instigation of the death penalty must be implemented to these vile scumbags responsible for the death of these dolphins and other marine mammals from this spillage.

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