Letter to the Editor

Navy ‘testing’ immoral

San Luis ObispoJanuary 5, 2014 

I’m writing to express my outrage at our Navy for using our tax dollars to blast our marine resources in the name of “testing and training.”

The U.S. Navy will now begin bombing an area in the Pacific the size of the United States. They will unleash active sonar for 600,000 hours, resulting in mass marine mammal mortality events.

Because the Navy has a “hammer,” they insist on finding “nails” to pound in our great, majestic, Pacific ecosystem. The hammer is crude. For a human, your ears would probably never stop ringing after being subjected to the noise levels these blasts generate. For sea life, it could mean bloody, broken eardrums, hemorrhaged lungs and air sacks, and slow death or major disorientation.

If the U.S. Air Force were conducting these blasts over our national forests, leaving behind a mass of dead or disoriented bears, cougars, deer and other land animals, they’d be halted by outraged citizens and politicians in a minute. The only reason this persists is “out of sight, out of mind.” It is wrong and immoral.

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