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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 They must aid in the fight to remove outdated dams along salmon migration routes and to increase and restore vital salmon habitat so that orcas will have plenty of healthy salmon to eat.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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 21, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
May 21, 2018 Marsha Ross
May 21, 2018 Ana Mendes
May 21, 2018 Melissa Masters
May 21, 2018 Jude Gorgopa
May 21, 2018 Heather Huddleston
May 20, 2018 Melisa Yusufova
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 20, 2018 Adeline Chan
May 19, 2018 Peter Skirenko
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May 19, 2018 Amala Kohler
May 17, 2018 Jennifer Perez
May 17, 2018 Audrone Jokubauskiene
May 16, 2018 Nicola Marsden
May 15, 2018 Leila Martirez
May 15, 2018 Danielle Santos
May 15, 2018 Kelly Rogers
May 15, 2018 Victoria Oakey
May 15, 2018 Annemarie Ramaekers
May 15, 2018 Jenny Stueber
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May 13, 2018 Ellen Grossman
May 13, 2018 Jim Faulks
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May 12, 2018 Marc Beschler
May 12, 2018 Cary Dennis
May 11, 2018 GUNTHER RUCKL
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 11, 2018 Maria Dimitropoulou
May 10, 2018 EUGENIA GUTERRES
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May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 8, 2018 Janet Kalczynski
May 7, 2018 Kaitlyn Culpepper
May 5, 2018 Janine Vinton
May 4, 2018 Jennifer Will
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
May 2, 2018 Anna Olsson
May 1, 2018 Anais Cudel
May 1, 2018 LAMOTHE HERVE
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
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Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
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Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 27, 2018 Sarah McILwraith
Apr 27, 2018 Deb Mens

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