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 They must aid in the fight to remove outdated dams along salmon migration routes and to increase and restore vital salmon habitat so that orcas will have plenty of healthy salmon to eat.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

Apr 19, 2018 Marilyn Bartlett
Apr 19, 2018 Joseph Wenzel
Apr 19, 2018 Josh Guy
Apr 19, 2018 Michelle Zamora
Apr 18, 2018 Dawn Neymeiyer
Apr 18, 2018 Laura Hickey
Apr 18, 2018 Alexia Zbinden-Leibzig
Apr 17, 2018 Juanita Bittle
Apr 17, 2018 Debra Christner Protect and save the orca whales. Don’t let them go extinct.🙏🏼🙏🏼
Apr 17, 2018 Jacquie Mclellan
Apr 17, 2018 sofia tsiamouri
Apr 17, 2018 Karla Lagos
Apr 17, 2018 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Apr 16, 2018 julie matewicz
Apr 16, 2018 Janna Nelson
Apr 15, 2018 EUGENIA MIXON
Apr 15, 2018 LUCY JENSON
Apr 15, 2018 Karen Rubino
Apr 15, 2018 Doreen Mapes
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 Gabriele Naumann
Apr 14, 2018 terry deptulski
Apr 14, 2018 Donna Jay
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 14, 2018 Leonardo Venegas
Apr 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Linda Masuoka
Apr 13, 2018 Alexander Degtyarev
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Lisa Campagna
Apr 12, 2018 Monika Rüter
Apr 12, 2018 Hedda Matheson
Apr 12, 2018 Courtney Wirt
Apr 11, 2018 cyril alloncle
Apr 11, 2018 Jo Johnson
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 10, 2018 Luciano Borzacchiello
Apr 10, 2018 Antonietta Borzacchiello
Apr 10, 2018 Jeremías Cuevas
Apr 10, 2018 María Galarce
Apr 10, 2018 Alina Grinshpun-zelvyansky
Apr 10, 2018 Lina Cezner
Apr 10, 2018 Nicola Ribbens
Apr 10, 2018 Susana Guillamon
Apr 10, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 9, 2018 Paula Berry
Apr 9, 2018 Edward Hughes
Apr 9, 2018 jole Lheureux
Apr 9, 2018 dagmar mclaughlin
Apr 9, 2018 Doug Landau

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