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Australia contains some truly unique and special marine environments, like the waters of Kangaroo Island, home to nearly 30 whale and dolphin species. But these waters are under threat from oil and gas exploration.

Australia has long been a global champion for whale conservation but, amazingly, the Australian government is considering allowing these precious waters to be blasted with deafening noise from seismic airguns, day and night, for months on end. Blue whales, sperm whales and beaked whales feed in the area, and endangered southern right whales migrate through it to get to their nursery grounds off Australia’s coast.

The decision to permit these activities rests with Australian Environment Minister, Greg Hunt. Send him a message saying you want to see Kangaroo Island’s marine life protected.

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Dear Minister Hunt,

Ever since Australia banned whaling in its own waters, successive Australian governments have been global champions for whale conservation.

Australia is privileged to contain some of the world’s most spectacular marine environments, like the waters off Kangaroo Island, home to nearly 30 whale and dolphin species as well as sea lions, seals, sharks and tuna. Blue whales, sperm whales and beaked whales feed in the area, and endangered southern right whales migrate through it to get to nursery grounds on the south coast.

I understand you are due to decide shortly whether or not to permit Bight Petroleum to conduct seismic testing in waters off Kangaroo Island.

I do not believe allowing oil and gas exploration in such an area is compatible with Australia’s standing as a global whale champion. Allowing it to go ahead would seriously damage Australia’s international reputation for marine conservation when there are already deep concerns for other iconic areas like the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia is privileged to have many whale species, including endangered species like blue and southern right whales, visit your waters. Please do all in your power to protect them and reject Bight Petroleum’s application.