by: Care2 Team
recipient: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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When most people see a dolphin their hearts fill with joy. But not some thug in Mississippi. Instead, according to officials, he pulled out a gun and shot it.
If that wasn’t bad enough, when authorities performed a necropsy on the dead cetaecian, they found that it was pregnant. Neither the mother or unborn calf had a chance of surviving. Now animal welfare organizations are offering a combined reward of up to $11,000 for information that leads to the killer’s arrest.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — one of the organizations charged with implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) — if caught, the culprit could face up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines.
Since 2002 — in the Northern Gulf region which includes Mississippi — 24 dolphins have been found dead from human-inflicted injuries including guns, arrows or being impaled.
For some reason, more and more people are finding it “fun” to abuse our protected marine life.
This killer must be caught and brought to justice so our government can make an example out of them. We must make sure animal abusers are held responsible for their crimes.
Sign the petition and tell NOAA support them in their search for the killer of the Mississippi dolphin.