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Malibu City Council Issues Marine Life Proclamation
(Malibu, CA) The Malibu City Council issued a proclamation at the February 24, 2014 Regular Meeting expressing support for the free and safe passage of all whales and dolphins in our local coastal waters. The Council’s goal is to contribute to the global discussion of the rights and safety of sea creatures.
“Protecting our oceans is a basic value in Malibu that was set from our founding in 1991,” said Mayor Joan House. “As a Council, we feel it is important to support measures that enhance, conserve, and promote the quality of life of our ocean’s systems and marine life.”
Councilmember Laura Rosenthal, who worked on the proclamation with local advocates, elaborated, “I am proud and honored this beautiful coastal city has stepped up, once again, to protect the rights and freedom of our cherished whales and dolphins.”
The proclamation reads as follows:
Whereas, whales and dolphins are known to be highly intelligent and emotional creatures that live in families and other social groupings, associations that last for most, if not all, of their lives and therefore deserve the right to their own freedom and lives; and
Whereas, the City of Malibu has a long history of supporting efforts to protect marine life, including the adoption of Resolutions in 1992, 1993 and 1994 that called for the strengthening of the Marine Mammals Protection Act, encouraged continuing cooperative efforts of governmental and civic organizations to improve the safety of the Santa Monica Bay, Catalina and Channel Islands regions for cetaceans, and urging the International Whaling Commission and its U.S. delegation to recognize whales and dolphins as living cultural resources; and
Whereas, it is every individual’s responsibility to ensure that these magnificent creatures are protected in their natural environment to avoid the psychological and physiological harm and high mortality rates found in those living in captivity.