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 They must aid in the fight to remove outdated dams along salmon migration routes and to increase and restore vital salmon habitat so that orcas will have plenty of healthy salmon to eat.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

Jul 21, 2018 Kara Pomeroy
Jul 20, 2018 Maria Guedes
Jul 20, 2018 Gabriela Baldaia
Jul 20, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 19, 2018 O C Oliveira
Jul 19, 2018 Vanessa Bäßler
Jul 18, 2018 Terri Raimondo
Jul 18, 2018 Zoe Quinn
Jul 18, 2018 Sandra Angelini
Jul 14, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Jul 13, 2018 Donna Salisbury
Jul 13, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jul 12, 2018 irina antoshkina
Jul 12, 2018 Andrea Schreyer
Jul 11, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jul 11, 2018 Barb Livingston
Jul 10, 2018 helen buchanan
Jul 7, 2018 Peter Miller
Jul 6, 2018 Lawrence Toush
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina Serrano
Jul 2, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jul 1, 2018 Marlie Franken
Jun 29, 2018 ashley erdmann
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2018 Lauren Moch
Jun 28, 2018 Tony Menechella
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 26, 2018 fresia sanchez
Jun 26, 2018 julie huynh
Jun 25, 2018 Shai Albright
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 23, 2018 Valerie Giddy
Jun 23, 2018 Claudia Folch
Jun 22, 2018 Virginia Duckett
Jun 22, 2018 Sabine Scheps
Jun 22, 2018 Tina Petrunka
Jun 22, 2018 Kristine Richter
Jun 22, 2018 Lori Levy
Jun 21, 2018 Patricia Wagner
Jun 21, 2018 Gino Czaster
Jun 21, 2018 Gaby Riley
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 21, 2018 Yolanda Hershey
Jun 21, 2018 Jen Yorton
Jun 21, 2018 Lily Kazantzi
Jun 20, 2018 Melanie Arce
Jun 20, 2018 Steph Spencer
Jun 20, 2018 Frank Bucher Action for the Southern Resident Orca population must be taken NOW!!
Jun 20, 2018 Alison Bucher This matter is URGENT!!

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