In May this year, the Spanish government allowed exploratory drilling for oil in the waters off Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. This is the most important area for cetaceans in Europe, playing host to one-third of all varieties.
This is one of the last places on the planet where you can still watch groups of whales diving and swimming with their calves, huge sperm whales in search of giant squids, or dolphin pods playfully jumping.
Furthermore, both these sites are UNESCO-designated test beds for innovative sustainable development practices. This is an area whose people are dependent on tourism and fishing, and this puts their livelihood at risk.
This drilling is in complete contradiction with these principles.
WWF is calling on the people’s support to petition the Spanish government to set up a whale sanctuary in an area that they themselves endorsed.
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