Dear pbnb reader,
Saving the dolphins from drift netting was one of my first efforts as an activist back in the early 80s. It is hard to believe that this is still happening after all of the efforts put forth by so many caring people, but, alas, the killing goes on.
I sincerely hope you will take it upon yourself to at least sign this petition and if you can do more, excellent.
There is a lot we can do now just from the comfort of our homes and the computer – but if you see any rallies in your area, or you can even organize a rally for these beautiful and intelligent creatures of the sea, please do so.
John Vance – information sharer
peoples bark new berkeley
The Forgotten Dolphins
Date: 2015-09-08 09:41
From: “Care2 Action Alerts” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sign Barbara’s Petition: http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/ARYUX/zQNs/JJ6G
Meet the Petition Author
Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins are the smallest and rarest marine dolphins on earth and live only in New Zealand. Gillnetting and trawling have decimated these diminutive dolphins to near extinction and continue to kill them faster than they can breed.
Hector’s dolphin numbers have dropped from 29,000 to around 7,000 since the 1970s. The situation for Maui’s dolphins, a subspecies of Hector’s dolphins, is even worse. With just 50 survivors, Maui’s dolphins are facing imminent extinction.
Despite these low numbers, the New Zealand government is refusing to protect the country’s only native dolphins against fishing nets. Less than 20 percent of the dolphins’ home is protected against set nets and less than 10 percent against trawling, which simply isn’t good enough to prevent their extinction. Experts have called for a ban of these fishing measures across the dolphins’ habitat for more than three decades. But the New Zealand government isn’t listening and the fishing industry denies all responsibility.
Each year there are fewer dolphins left. How many more have to die before the New Zealand government acts and protects their entire habitat from harmful nets?
Your support is key to show that the world cares about New Zealand’s forgotten dolphins. Please join the call for a full and immediate ban of gill netting and trawling throughout Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin habitat in coastal waters up to a depth of 100 meters, including harbours.