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Stop the landfill of the Dugong habitat in Okinawa

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Please sign and share this   PETITION   calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

Okinawa dugong, a close relative of the manatee and the northernmost population of its species, is now on the verge of extinction. The dugong, a gentle marine mammal once commonly seen around Okinawa, has long been a symbol of the sea rich in life. The coast off Henoko, in Nago, still beautiful with wildlife such as corals and turtles, holds a rich sea-grass colony where the dugong feed.

However, there are plans to landfill this area to construct a US military base.

In March, Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera filed with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima an application for approval to landfill waters off Henoko in order to build a new base. This filing used an environmental assessment conducted by the Defense Bureau to claim that the dugongs will “stay far away from the construction site”.

The Governor has already expressed grave concerns regarding the environmental assessment and impact on the welfare of local residents. In response, the Defense Bureau has simply maintained its assertion that the dugongs would not be affected.

But on September 22, Kyodo News broke the story that the Defense Bureau had actively hidden important facts about dugong activity in Henoko waters uncovered during its environmental assessment.

Dugong feeding traces had been found in the waters off Henoko through April to June last year and a dugong was sighted in Oura Bay, adjacent to the Henoko beach. It’s clear that for the Defense Bureau, those findings constituted ‘inconvenient truths’ better hidden from the public.

The Governor will make his decision on the project before December. If this project is carried out, the Henoko seagrass beds, together with the Okinawa dugong, will be lost forever.

We hope all the people of the world will join us in an effort to continue to co-exist with the dugongs. Please sign and share our   petition   calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Thank you for your support.

From the Association to Protect the Northernmost Dugong —
Masako Suzuki, Etsuko Urashima, Iyanaga Kenichi

Henoko, Okinawa, Japan

UPDATE Australia takes Japan to International Court to save Minke Whales

NEWS FLASH 1 APRIL 2014

JAPAN ORDERED TO IMMEDIATELY STOP WHALING !!!!!  

ABC explains here – please read

 

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From   Whales Alive   –   21 June 2013

The case against Japan’s whaling program being heard at the    International court of Justice   (ICJ) begins at The Hague on Wednesday June 26th.

“Japan will be severely embarrassed by being dragged to this international court” says Mick McIntyre,  Executive Director of Australian based whale conservation group Whales Alive. McIntyre  will be attending the court case as an observer.

The case against Japan has been brought  by the Australian Government who will argue that  Japan’s  whaling program in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary breaches international law .

“We all know that Japan’s so called scientific whaling program is a sham and finally we have the law on our side” says McIntyre.

“We expect the judges of the ICJ to agree with the Australian Government that Japan’s whaling contravenes international law.”

“This case against Japan is a once in a generation opportunity to stop this barbaric whaling, which is outdated, inherently cruel and for products that nobody needs.”

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Help stop the Navy’s Attack on Whales NOW

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The U.S. Navy is prepared to kill more than 1,000 whales and other marine mammals during the next five years of testing and training with dangerous sonar and explosives. Tell Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to direct the Navy to adopt common-sense safeguards right away that will protect marine mammals during routine training without sacrificing our national security!

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Dolphin seeks help from Diver

This intelligent Bottlenose Dolphin, unfortunately wrapped up in broken fishing line, sees a Diver and seeks help from the human being. Despite the captions on the original video, all of the line and the hook were removed, as Fox News shows at the link below.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Hover your mouse and click on the little “icon” in the bottom right corner of the video above to go to Full Screen size. When will Homo sapiens learn that the world is for non human beings as well as for them? Yes, some will say this is an example of unavoidable “collateral damage” if we want fresh fish on our dinner plates, BUT I think there is too much “collateral damage”. Luckily for this Dolphin, she/he was smart and brave enough to go to the lead Diver (Diving Instructor) for help.

I like how the Fox News presenter says “Don’t ever under-estimate the animals, it’s the humans we sometimes have to worry about.”

Help Blue Whales

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At 100 feet long,   the blue whale  is believed to be the largest animal to have ever lived on our planet.

So it’s absolutely horrifying that these gentle giants are being struck and killed by commercial ships off the coast of California — especially because there is a simple life-saving solution!

If the Navy opened the waters around its Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station to commercial traffic, then hundreds of cargo ships, oil tankers and cruise liners could bypass the blue whale’s feeding grounds and be much less likely to strike and kill them.

But so far, the Navy has refused.

Tell the Obama Administration to help save some of the world’s last blue whales by opening Naval waters to commercial traffic.

Fewer than 10,000 of these magnificent creatures survive today. So one death from a ship strike is one too many!

Every summer and fall, blue whales migrate to the California coast to feed on the massive blooms of krill, their favorite food.

Unfortunately, these feeding grounds have been invaded by some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, with massive tankers moving millions of tons of cargo to the busy ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The tragic result? Helpless blue whales are rammed by the giant ships or cut to ribbons by the huge propellers.

Even more mind-boggling, the cost of moving these shipping lanes away from the blue whale’s feeding grounds would be relatively small. The Coast Guard knows they should be moved, and the shipping industry has stated it is willing to do so.

Only the Navy stands in the way!

Tell the Obama Administration to end the carnage by opening the Navy’s waters to commercial traffic.

Let’s not wait until hundreds more blue whales have suffered and died. Thank you for make your voice heard in defense of whales.

Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

Whale and Dolphin watch – Californian Coast Commission says No to Navy

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM

WHALE AND DOLPHIN  WATCH

Dearest Friends:

Today in San Diego,  the California Coastal Commission said “NO” to the Navy and their plan to deploy bombs and sonar sound off the Coastline that would likely injure, maim or kill millions of cetaceans over the next 5 years. They said that the Navy’s position is inadequate and unsupported by facts. They also said that the Navy did not keep its agreements in the past and that there was no point in making a compromise with them. In attendance were Lyndia, Lance and Kim of Whale and Dolphin Watch, several representatives from NRDC, Greenpeace, many other ocean organizations and dozens of individuals from near and far.

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