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The Arctic Ocean: Can We Keep It Protected?

The Arctic Ocean: Can We Keep It Protected?

The Care2 campaign team is currently running a petition to stop commercial fishing interests from moving further into the Arctic Ocean. With the Arctic sea ice rapidly diminishing, commercial fishing interests see it as an opportunity to expand their operations, this time into the domain of animals such as polar bears, walruses and sea lions–animals who are already endangered by their diminishing habitat.

All those concerned with stopping this from happening, please visit this link to sign the relevant petition.

But something is missing here. With the population of humans growing, and the population of fish in the oceans lessening, the question persists: how can people expect a continual supply of fish to eat, without the fishing vessels going further and further into currently untouched waters? These are the only places where there are still fish. According to Dr. Will Tuttle’s masterful book, “The World Peace Diet,” “all of the 17 major global fisheries are depleted or in serious decline.”

Wherever commercial fishing occurs, it is a tragedy. “Huge trawlers deploy nets that reach to the ocean floor and bring up virtually everything in their path.” As well as the fish that end up in the supermarkets and on plates in restaurants, there is an additional 25 million tons of sea animals each year that are pulled up by nets and thrown back into the sea, often dead or dying. This consists of all sorts of fish, turtles, dolphins, sea birds and other animals, approximately a third of the total catch. Three hundred thousand sea turtles are killed annually by commercial long-line fishing operations.* That doesn’t even include those who are caught by nets.

As a result of our raping of the oceans, other animals are threatened as well. Sea lions, seals, whales and dolphins suffer and often starve because their food supplies are being plundered by an expanding human population that is never satisfied; always hungry for more.

Contrary to popular belief, fish is also one of the most toxic foods that we eat. Our human culture produces millions of tons of toxins, from excessive animal manure and pesticides to toxic and even radioactive waste. Sooner or later, all of these poisons are eventually washed into the oceans. When marine animals ingest plant material that is laden with toxins, these substances build up in their fatty tissues, growing to higher and higher concentrations as they move up the food chain. That is why pregnant or nursing mothers are frequently advised to avoid eating fish, as the concentrations of mercury and other heavy metals can be detrimental to the development of a new baby.

If fishing were allowed in the Arctic Ocean, it would be exceptionally tragic, because the animals and the rest of the eco-system there are unique and so threatened already by the melting ice. So please, sign the petition to keep the Arctic protected from fishing. It’s bad enough that we allow this daily tragedy to occur in the rest of the planet’s waters, without allowing it to spread even into the most pristine of marine eco-systems. But if you are wondering what else you can do to stop this insanity, there is another way an individual can help, and that is by sparing the life of a fish and choose the vegetarian option instead. This is the 21st century after all, and the options are limitless. This choice brings with it a wonderful reward: that of having a clear conscience, and knowing that when you hear about the destructive practices of the fishing industry, you can say to yourself, with peace of mind and heart, “They’re not doing it for me.”

*Longline fishing is a commercial fishing technique that uses hundreds or even thousands of baited hooks hanging from a single line.

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Statistics and facts from "The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health" by Will Tuttle, PhD. Lantern Books, 2005.

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10:25AM PST on Nov 9, 2014

Thanks

3:38PM PDT on Jul 7, 2010

I have no words. I found some quotes that can explain how i am feeling.Here they are:
A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.

Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

"Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.

"If man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat."

10:56PM PST on Jan 28, 2009

Upon going to the site to sign the petition, I was told thank you, but you have already signed this petition Jan. 2008. Good to know some one is keeping a check on how many times one signs a petition.
Lync

11:46AM PST on Jan 28, 2009

continued from on top (ran out of space sorry!!!!)

...unto us we are allowed to live upon her, although not for ever. Therefore, it is expected of us to look after her and all other forms of life which he created. When will those who are guilty ever learn??

God Bless You All.

11:38AM PST on Jan 28, 2009

I can only say, God willing there is someone out there who can find a way to heal the earth one day, with the guidance from God.

Too much money is also spent on the wrong things and wasted on fancy parties etc. by a percentage of the ultra rich. Why do President's also have to throw big inaugeration parties, when infact half of that money should be used for more important matters such as helping the poor and disabled and modern technology to find the ways and means to try and close the ozone layer especially for future generations to come.

I read in our daily news paper that even the Queen may no longer give big weddings for the royals who will wed some day. This to help the citizens of England. Lets hope that this will take place.
God Bless her always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Problem with a percentage of human beings is that, they are very greedy, the more they get the more they want for themselves.

The matter rests in the hands of not only the Goverment but all people to try and donate a portion of their salary what ever they can afford, to special funds to use; to find ways and means to close the ozone layer. Too many forests are being cut down and other forms of life that dwell there have already become extinct. War is also a big culprit, apart from loss of human life, it also destroys that which God has created for all his children. You are probably saying we know this already but what humans forget is:

This earth belongs to God and with his blessing un

10:41AM PST on Jan 28, 2009

All we can really do is spread the message and hope that people will listen. The government is only truly interested in creating a more beneficial way of life for people, regardless of what happens to the rest of this world, even though, ironically, the more we damage this world in petty selfishness the more we create an uninhabitable environment for ourselvs and the rest of the living world. We can make a difference, even the smallest individual can make an impact on the world. Therefore, it makes sense that we continue with this persuit of a better way of life, and a more caring attitude towards our fellow animals.

9:41AM PST on Jan 28, 2009

It shouldn't be a question of whether we can protect our Arctic Ocean, but whether will it be done. Taxpayers must Demand from their representative to support what ever deems necessary to protect our Arctic Ocean as well as our natural resources and environment, which includes the wildlife. Taxpayers see their hard earned dollars wasted, especially on exuberant salaries of useless government decision makers, who continue to fight against our wildlife and natural resources.

The Human race has taken advantage of everything we can get our hands on for far to long, and it is way over due that these tax paid decision makers are forced to earn their salaries, by supporting the what is best for the environment in the long run.

We the tax payers are sick of watching our world deteriorate due to selfishness and narrow-minded thinking.

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