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Dolphin Extinction

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

The New Zealand government has just announced a decision that has doomed the last 50 Maui’s dolphins to extinction. Instead of protecting the world’s rarest dolphin species, New Zealand has chosen to protect the commercial interests of its fishing industry.

Rather of fully protecting the dolphins’ home, the government has added a very small extension to existing protected areas, which will do nothing to stop their decline. In doing so, the New Zealand government has ignored urgent calls by the international scientific community, including the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the 2000 experts of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) who provided the strongest possible recommendations that Maui’s dolphins can only be saved if the fishing nets that kill them are removed from their home. It has also ignored the opinion of almost 100,000 people – including yours – who have called for the dolphins’ immediate and full protection throughout their habitat through petitions, e-mails or formal submissions as part of government consultations.

Maui‘s dolphins are not doomed to extinction. If human induced mortality is removed, they can still bounce back. But they need help now because saving them is a race against time!

Despite this bitterly disappointing setback, we simply cannot give up on New Zealand’s forgotten dolphins, but UNLESS WE CHANGE THIS DECISION, MAUI’S DOLPHINS WILL BECOME EXTINCT IN A MATTER OF YEARS.

This is why we have set up a MAUI’S DOLPHIN LEGAL DEFENCE FUND (http://www.gofundme.com/Mauis-Dolphin-LDF) that will enable us to challenge the government in court over its failure to protect the dolphins against continued decline. We believe that yesterday’s decision is not based on the best available science, as is required by law, and that there are a number of significant procedural problems in how it was reached.

You can help to give Maui’s dolphins a chance against extinction by making a donation to our Maui’s Dolphin Legal Defence Fund now!http://www.gofundme.com/Mauis-Dolphin-LDF

WE ARE THEIR FINAL CHANCE, but without your support we simply don’t have the funds to proceed with our plans. If we all chip in, we’ll reach our target and can overturn this terrible decision. Every Dollar, Euro or Pound will get us closer to their survival, so please make an early Christmas present to the Maui’s dolphins today!

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