The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico drew public attention to the devastating effects of pollution on ocean animals and habitats. Years later, the Gulf spill continues its damage: Dead dolphins still wash up on beaches in large numbers, while fish populations are slow to recover. And this is only one example of the dangerous effects chemical, solid and noise pollution are having on marine life.
- Chemicals: Oil, PCBs and other toxins kill marine animals and plants.
- Solids: Plastic six-pack rings wrap around animals' snouts and necks, making it hard for them to breathe or eat, and fishing lines slice off flukes and fins.
- Noise: Scientists believe the U.S. Navy's sonar causes mass strandings of dolphins and whales.
The HSUS works on many fronts to protect the marine life from these pollutants.
News & Events
June 10, 2015
Manatees are loved by many—but they're still struggling to survive. Learn why they should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
February 18, 2015
Despite their popularity, endangered Florida manatees struggling to survive the loss of habitat and food, poisonous red tides, boat strikes, rampant development and groups that want to strip critical federal and state protection.
February 17, 2015
The federal government has proposed a rule to help address longstanding threats to North Atlantic right whales, including death and serious injury from ship strikes and entanglement in commercial fishing gear.
February 9, 2015
You can help pass laws that protect animals in your state. Humane Lobby Day is easy, fun and guaranteed to make you feel like a powerful animal activist. We'll help you find the Humane Lobby Day in your state.
October 24, 2014
Rays of Hope: Humane Society International Helps Implement Historic New Protections for Sharks and Rays
Humane Society International helps implement historic new protections for sharks and rays
August 12, 2014
HSUS New York state director Brian Shapiro praises Gov. Cuomo and state legislators for banning elephant ivory and rhino horn in the state.
June 26, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States praised the introduction of a Congressional resolution recognizing the important role experienced and accredited wildlife rehabilitation centers play in caring for native wildlife in communities across the country.
March 31, 2014
Statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice that Japan’s whaling program is a breach of the global whaling moratorium and lacks scientific legitimacy in regard to the quotas set and the numbers taken.