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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

Orcas are majestic animals. They're highly intelligent and devoted to their families. They hunt together and share food. They capture our imaginations. And they are in trouble.

Human-caused environmental changes have left the Southern Resident orcas of the Northwest fighting for survival. One of the biggest threats that they face is the scarcity of the endangered salmon that make up 80 percent of their diet. The construction of hundreds of dams along salmon migration routes has left salmon populations in free-fall. That, coupled with the pollution and contamination of the food chain, has left orcas sick and struggling to find food.

Tell Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that you support strong protections for Southern Resident orcas and the salmon that they depend on.

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Dear Secretary Wilbur Ross,

Southern Resident orcas are icons of the Salish Sea and the American Northwest. But sadly, these whales are on the verge of extinction. And without immediate action, we could lose them forever.

I am writing as a Defender of Wildlife to encourage you to be a leader in the fight to recover the Southern Resident orcas.

This fish-eating orca population faces multiple threats; from poisonous chemicals in the food chain, to noise pollution, to chemical discharges into the waterways the orcas call home. And because the increasingly scarce endangered Chinook salmon make up 80 percent of their diet, Southern Resident orcas are having such a tough time finding food that they are slowly starving to death.

The Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service must take proactive steps to clean up derelict and abandoned ships that ooze toxic pollutants into the water and to enforce the "rules of the road" for boat traffic to minimize harmful encounters between orcas and vessels. They must aid in the fight to remove outdated dams along salmon migration routes and to increase and restore vital salmon habitat so that orcas will have plenty of healthy salmon to eat. They must also finalize proposals that would expand critical habitat on the west coast all the way down to Monterey Bay.

There is not a moment to lose in the fight to save the Southern Resident orcas.


Petition Signatures

Mar 20, 2018 Judith Gray As the top predator on the planet, we must make a more concentrated effort to keep all species thriving. Waiting until food supplies are nearly gone or an environment is near complete ruination does not speak well of us.
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa MacAllister
Mar 20, 2018 Megan Matchett
Mar 20, 2018 Estelle Martin
Mar 20, 2018 Julia Mark
Mar 20, 2018 Jennifer Phillips
Mar 20, 2018 Alana Dyeaie
Mar 20, 2018 nicolae cristian
Mar 20, 2018 Britt Best
Mar 20, 2018 Ash Rawal
Mar 20, 2018 Stephanie Breyfogle
Mar 20, 2018 Trudi Rankin Shameful
Mar 20, 2018 Linda Hearns
Mar 20, 2018 Loretta Lowery
Mar 20, 2018 kristen englehart
Mar 20, 2018 Danielle Nascimento
Mar 20, 2018 Courtney Borley
Mar 20, 2018 lia schiltmans
Mar 20, 2018 Petra Ecke
Mar 20, 2018 Nadia Cambours
Mar 20, 2018 Heather Smith
Mar 20, 2018 Alethia Bustamante
Mar 20, 2018 Lauren McClure
Mar 20, 2018 Marcia Summers
Mar 20, 2018 NADINE RITTER
Mar 20, 2018 Valerie Tarr
Mar 20, 2018 Allison Jones
Mar 20, 2018 Herminia Mendoza
Mar 20, 2018 Vanessa Jack
Mar 20, 2018 Sari Virtanen
Mar 20, 2018 Rose Helmuth
Mar 20, 2018 Eve Egan
Mar 20, 2018 Bruni Brandi
Mar 20, 2018 dario botti
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Mar 20, 2018 Ana Bailey Please save them before they're gone!
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Mar 20, 2018 andrea prato
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Mar 20, 2018 ruben gomes
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Mar 20, 2018 Luisa Anaya
Mar 20, 2018 Fabian Müller
Mar 20, 2018 Virgil Pauls
Mar 20, 2018 Amy Ingalls
Mar 20, 2018 Adina Lesperance
Mar 20, 2018 Jack Furlong
Mar 20, 2018 Lauren Sheridan
Mar 20, 2018 Cindy Koziol

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