Unsustainable Practices Affecting Cetaceans

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Unsustainable Practices Affecting Cetaceans

Unsustainable Practices Affecting Cetaceans

What is a Cetacean?

"Any of an order (Cetacea) of aquatic mostly marine mammals that includes the whales, dolphins, porpoises, and related forms and that have a torpedo-shaped nearly hairless body, paddle-shaped forelimbs but no hind limbs, one or two nares opening externally at the top of the head, and a horizontally flattened tail used for locomotion" (Merriam-Webster, Incorporated, 2014)

What are Unsustainable Practices?

The Environmental Protection Agency explains Sustainability:"Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment."(The United States Environmental Protection Agency)

Unsustainable Practices, then, are those behaviors which violate the basic rules of sustainability, using up more resources than can reasonably be replenished.

How do these two terms relate?

*Most people love animals*Most people do not mean to do them harm*Whales and Dolphins are a very popular tourist attraction. *Cetaceans are intelligent and majestic creatures*Whales and Dolphins are protected*The protections aren't enough*Our unsustainable lifestyle is killing and threating cetaceans in direct and indirect ways.

Direct Dangers

*Hunting for food, bait, sport or science.*Fishing nets or lines

Indirect Dangers

*Pollution*Global Warming*Starvation*Trawling


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