Keep Orca Whales on Endangered Species List

Target: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Goal: Ensure threatened Puget Sound orcas are not removed from endangered species list

The orcas of Puget Sound are different from other animals of their kind. They have distinct forms of communication, unique family groups, and only eat fish. There are three pods (84 animals) that live in the sound, and they make up only .2% of the total global orca population.

In 2005, the Puget Sound orcas were placed on the endangered species list. Pollution, warming oceans, and over-fishing have significantly cut into their numbers over the past few decades. With the listing, critical habitats were established for the animals, and fishing for the orca’s primary food became highly controlled. All of these regulations were put in place to ensure these unique animals do not go extinct.

Recently, however, the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a non-profit that fights environmental laws, petitioned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to remove the Puget Sound orcas from the endangered species list. The PLF argues that listing the orcas as endangered places too many regulations on fishing and water usage, resulting in reduced profits for Washington’s businesses. According to the PLF, these businesses should not have to lose money because a small number of marine mammals are on the decline.

The members of the PLF do not understand the importance of protecting the Puget Sound orcas. They are unique animals essential to the health of the sound’s ecosystem. If they are removed from the endangered species list, large shipping vessels will invade their habitat and their food will be over-fished. This should not happen in the name of profit. Tell the NOAA to keep the Puget Sound orcas listed as endangered and ensure that these rare and amazing creatures do not disappear forever.

PETITION LETTER

Dear National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,

The endangered Puget Sound orca pods are very special. They differ from others of their kind with their unique communication techniques, distinct family groups, and their desire to only eat fish. There are three pods (84 animals) that live in the sound, and they make up only 0.2% of the total global orca population.

The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) wants you to remove these marine animals from the endangered species list. They claim the listing places too many regulations on fishing and water usage, resulting in reduced profits for Washington’s businesses. According to the PLF, these businesses should not have to lose money because a small number of orcas are on the decline.

This thinking is callous and short-sighted. Large farms and fisheries make millions of dollars every year, and regulations in place to protect orcas are not driving them to bankruptcy. Business owners just want more money.

For the sake of rare, threatened animals around the globe, please keep the Puget Sound orcas on the endangered species list. Their habitat and food supply should not be destroyed for the sake of profit.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: vijay_SRV via Flickr

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7 Comments

  1. thou shalt not kill.

  2. Yeah, those insignificant animals on the brink of being eliminated sure are worth more money dead than alive. People shouldn’t have the right to liquidate a species.

  3. Ann Schneider says:

    Short sided thinking, fishing is down due to many other causes, not orca’s or other top carnivores. We have a responsibility to future generations to stop man made exstinctions.

  4. Unfortunately the fishing industry worldwide seem to be total exploiters and unconcerned about conservation. I have a Swedish painting of cod being cleaned in the 1900′s on St Ives Cornwall beach. The cod being cleaned are twice as big as any cod I have ever seen. Bottom trawling does so much damage to fishes environment that if we had any sense of conservation we would prohibit it, but the outcry from the exploitive fishing industry would be enormous. I doubt if my grandchildren will be able to eat fish at all unless the industry changes.

  5. I had the great honor of seeing a pod of orcas on a cruise to Hawaii two years ago. That magnificent site stays with me to this day.

  6. GOD FORBID, you couldn’t come up with something more constructive to bring in revenue for your FAILING SEAQUARIUM if you didn’t have a 42 year old Orca named Lolita to do it for you. Where is all of your money going, anyways, it’s clearly not to rebuild your Orca’s habitat.

    And what is going to happen the day Lolita end’s up dead, worked to DEATH? Are you going to cry for her, and WAKE UP, and see the reality that she has been suffering and that you are a selfish asshat? After all the people have been offering you? Over $1,000,000 so she can be released into the wild with her family, and live to be 100?

    What is going to happen then? Just get a replacement and let this animal martyrdom start all over again, just remain def and blind and ignorant, as so many people choose to do?

    Does Seaquarium forget it’s mission? Or is it’s mission to make money and profit off of a bunch of idiots who want to believe in the magical experience they will have by touching a Dolphin, when they don’t even know the half of what that animals is going threw.

    It’s 2013, and things are changing, time for everyone to take a good hard look at that is really happening here.

    • I agree with Alexis if you are trying to save orcas then actually try. DONT ACT. Be truthful are trying to save them or are trying to make a profit. I am doing a report for school on what is being done to save them and I can barely find anything. What is wrong with people these days. Everybody is so heartless

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