IFAW: Can you Help Protect Marine Wildlife?

October 27th, 2007 5:22 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Fred O’Regan, IFAW – fred [at] ifaw1.org
Date: Oct 26, 2007 7:28 AM
Subject: Can you Help Protect Marine Wildlife?

International Fund for Animal Welfare | October 26, 2007
A Better World for Animals and People

Can you Help Protect Marine Wildlife?

Please contact msakoh [at] ifaw.org today if you can help!

IFAW needs your help in carrying out a crucial next step in a lawsuit to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, fish, and other marine wildlife from mid-frequency active sonar used by the U.S. Navy. If you are an IFAW member who spends time in the Marianas Islands or The Gulf of Lyon, please help us protect marine wildlife.

These sonar systems can flood tens or even hundreds of square miles of ocean with sound waves which are suspected of causing injury and even mortality of whales and other marine mammals.

Yet the Navy is refusing to take common-sense measures to protect marine life. IFAW is a co-plaintiff in a case that, if successful, will set an important precedent for how this technology may be deployed in the marine environment.

With your help, we hope to send the message to the Navy that the American people want the military to adhere to protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act rather than granting itself a “national security” exemption.

As one of our strongest advocates for marine mammals, we are hoping that you might be able to help us. If you are an IFAW member who uses waters – recreationally or professionally – where the U.S. Navy has plans to use mid-frequency sonar, your participation is urgently needed! If you or someone you know, spends, or has ever spent time in the rich marine environment of the Marianas Islands in the Pacific Ocean (i.e. Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota) or The Gulf of Lyon in the northern Mediterranean Sea (for example, Marseille, Sete, Perpignan, Narbonne, Argelès-sur-Mer, and Agde) your participation is required to help us protect marine wildlife.

If you are interested in helping and meet the criteria, a representative from IFAW will interview you over the phone and write up a statement for you which you would print and sign. IFAW would file your statement in court along with others, but you would NOT become a party to the lawsuit. The whole process is easy and fairly quick and will lead us one step closer to saving countless whales and other marine wildlife. Please consider taking a few minutes to help us with this extremely urgent matter, we must act IMMEDIATELY.

If you think you or someone you know can assist us in our efforts, please email msakoh [at] ifaw.org.

As always, thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Fred O’Regan
President and CEO

P.S. If you know of someone else who uses these bodies of water and is willing to support IFAW, please forward this email to them as soon as possible.

IFAW © 2007

PO Box 193 • 411 Main Street Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

http://www.ifaw.org

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