The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding a research project which involves implanting electrodes in sharks' brains - for the purpose of using these animals as underwater spies.
A neural probe has been developed that would decode the sharks' brain signals and give "researchers" a means to remotely manipulate the sharks. By exploiting the sharks' natural ability to sense electrical gradients and chemical trails, the Pentagon would use the sharks to target or follow sea vessels.
More than 100 million sharks are killed each year for sport, food, so-called medicine, research and souvenirs. At a rate faster than sharks can reproduce. If too many sharks in one area are killed, the shark population may never return to normal levels.
The depletion of sharks from the world's oceans will lead to an unhealthy increase or rapid decline of other species.
Please help prevent further exploitation of these majestic animals. By signing this petition, you will also send a message to other research groups that are currently developing implants to monitor and control other animals.
Petition created May 16, 2006. Sent October 18, 2006. THANK YOU ALL!
Dear Dr. Anthony Thether,
We the undersigned would like to express our concern regarding the Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA) funding to control and manipulate sharks for military purposes.
We hope to prevent further exploitation of these threatened animals. Please cease your funding of this project and any other projects involving implants that will monitor or control animals.
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