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March 29, 2007

What does the Navy have against mammals?



Many Seattle residents don't realize they live across the water from a major nuclear submarine base, one which the Navy hopes to begin patrolling with sea lions and dolphins (like the ones that escaped after Hurricane Katrina). Aside from ethical concerns, Puget Sound is home to the endangered killer whale (technically a dolphin but apparently not interested in mercenary work) and its waters are often too cold (40F) for the softer warm water military dolphins. Ironically, we might end up with sea lions defending our country inside Puget Sound, while being shot with rubber bullets nearby to protect endangered salmon runs. Meanwhile, California has reinitiated lawsuits against the Navy for continued use of sonar suspected of harming wild mammals.

Is it time for the mammals to unionize? Read story at NewsCloud.

Posted by Jeff on March 29, 2007 at 05:50 PM | Permalink

Comments

No matter what you think of the Navy's use of dolphins and sea lions, know this... they're are better cared for than the sailors themselves. I used to help train them in the Navy and those mammals are so well fed, loved, and pampered. You may not like what they do, but they are well cared for.

Posted by: Tigger | Sep 16, 2007 10:55:12 AM

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