A petition to stop Navy exercises that may harm dolphins and whales has amassed more than 492,312 signatures.
The petition at SignOn.org is closing in on its goal of 500,000 signatures. It calls on the Navy to stop using an underwater sound system in the Hawaiian Islands, the California and Atlantic coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico.
The petition is in response to the Navy’s statement in an environmental impact report released in May that its sonar could potentially harm marine mammals, causing hearing loss or death.
Petition creator Lyndia Storey claimed as many as 1,800 whales and dolphins could be killed and up to 15,900 could suffer hearing loss. The numbers are worst-case scenarios, Pacific Fleet spokesman Mark Matsunaga told MSNBC.
Do you think the Navy poses enough of a threat to wildlife to merit a change in training location or equipment use?