National security interests outweigh the possible harm to marine life, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined in overturning a judge’s order banning the practice.”
“The public does indeed have a very considerable interest in preserving our natural environment and especially relatively scarce whales,” Judge Andrew Kleinfeld wrote for the majority. “But it also has an interest in national defense. We are currently engaged in war, in two countries.”
Ah yes, the threat of Afghan and Iraqi subs. How silly of me to forget the pressing need for our navy to be ready for their imminent attack!
Is this what passes for intelligent judicial decisions these days?! Well, at least I’m reminded why I’m so in favor or conservationist activism, including groups like Sonar Slaughter.
I feel an evening of ranting over a couple beers coming on…
For more, check out the National Resources Defense Council’s page on Protecting Whales from Dangerous Sonar.