Thursday, February 14, 2008

Whale Crossing

Happy Valentine's Day!

I received an email this morning from the
Ocean Conservancy that I thought I'd share with you.

Oh, and hey: don't think we're getting all political on you or anything. This is more or less FYI in case you want to get involved or learn more.


Anyhoo, here's the meat of the email:

February 20th is an anniversary we do not look forward to celebrating. That day marks one full year that the Bush administration has stalled ship strike protections for endangered North Atlantic right whales—a year in which two more North Atlantic right whales were struck, out of a population that totals only about 350. How many more whales need to be injured and killed from ship strikes before the Bush administration will take action to protect them? Let the President’s Office of Management and Budget hear your voice on behalf of whales.

Ship strikes are the number one cause of death and serious injury to endangered whales, but rather than demanding responsible business practices from shipping companies, the government has stalled rulemaking that would force ships to slow down to protect critically endangered whales. A few influential shipping industry interests have the resources to be heard loud and clear by the Bush administration, while the administration continues to ignore clear scientific evidence showing that slower speeds would save whales. The Bush administration needs to hear your voice on behalf of whales.

If you'd like to sign the petition to tell the Bush administration to stop stalling protections for endangered whales, click on the button below.