According to www.transworldnews.com, a rare Ganges river dolphin was killed by a fisherman in Bangladesh. The reason that these man gave for killing this rare species of dolphin is because they had never seen it before. This however did not stop them from trying to sell the dolphin after they had killed it.
This rare Ganges River Dolphin is currently classified as an endangered species. If however people continue to ignore the laws as far as killing or capturing endangered spices, soon they will be extinct. According to the CNN Newswire, the men who killed the dolphin were unable to sell it and just ended up dumping the dolphin for others to see. It really makes you feel for those poor dolphins, and also makes you wonder what legal protections for their for dolphins around the world.
One such law in the United States protects dolphins from any type of hunting, harming or harassing. This is under the Marine Mammal Protections Act or MMPA. Both the National Marine Fisheries Service of the Commerce Department and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are responsible for administering this Marine Mammal protection Act. The problem with the Marine Mammal Protection Act is that it is not enforced enough. They are also protected under the International Dolphin Conservation Act of 1992.
The International Dolphin Conservation Act is designed to help countries around the world to stop killing and hunting dolphins through economic incentives. Of course many of these acts and laws have continually changed and in some cases gotten away for the original purpose of issue which is to protect dolphins around the world. In 2005 the UN Environment Program (Unep), wanted more protection measures for dolphins and whales. These protective measures included the Ganges River dolphin.
There are many countries around the world who have laws to protect and keep the whales safe. Brazil happens to have very strict laws that protect dolphins from being hunted and killed in any way. Additional help comes from companies that agree to participate in the Flipper Seal of Approval program. Any company who has this seal of approval has agreed to only purchase tuna products that do not involve the killing of dolphins. These companies sign an agreement that says they will allow monitors to check their factories and records to make sure that are complying with the agreement. To read more information on the Flipper Seal of approval program you can visit http://www.earthtrust.org.