Protect Humpback Whales from Oil Pipeline


Target: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Goal: Reverse the decision to remove the humpback whale from the “threatened” species list

Humpback whales, who were once hunted to nearly extinction, were recently removed from Canada’s “threatened” species list, meaning the whales’ habitat will no longer be protected by the government. The Canadian government announced this downgrade just in time for a major pipeline project currently in the process of regulatory applications. If approved, the pipeline would push oil into a tanker shipping route that collides with critical areas of the whales’ habitat where they mate and seek food.

Supporters of the decision to downgrade the whales’ protective status argue that the species no longer needs “threatened” status because their population has grown significantly since they were added to the list. This may be true at the present time, but if the major pipeline is approved, the whales will suffer from a major disruption in habitat. The heavy ship traffic through their home poses potential risk of ship-whale collisions and the noise created by the ships can also have negative effects on their ability to properly care for their young or even find food to eat.

This new downgrade in status will likely permit oil pipelines that will impose on the humpback whales’ critical habitat areas. The potential risks the pipeline poses on the whales’ habitat could threaten the species’ conservation. Demand that these whales stay protected out of concern for their survival. By signing this petition, you will help urge the Canadian government to reverse their decision to remove the humpback whales from the “threatened” species list.


Dear Prime Minister Harper,

Your government’s recent decision to remove the humpback whale from the “threatened” species list will only result in their decline again. The downgrade in status will likely permit new oil pipelines that will impose on critical areas of their habitat.  If approved, the pipeline will bring heavy ship traffic through their home which poses potential risk of fatal ship-whale collisions. The noise generated by the ships can also have negative effects on the whales’ ability to properly care for their young or find food to eat. There is also the possible hazard of oil spills, which would be toxic to the whales’ environment.

The humpback whale population has grown significantly since they were hunted to nearly extinction, but the preservation efforts should not end here. Please continue to protect this species’ critical habitat areas to help ensure their conservation. I am strongly urging you to reverse the decision to remove the humpback whale from the “threatened” species list.


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  2. it’s inhuman what Canada is doing to whales and baby seals. We humans must start to have more concience and protect animals before we extint them

  3. Michaele Kustudic says:

    If we truly want to be able to define ourselves as ‘human’, we must begin immediately to outlaw, worldwide, the cruel tratment of the other sentient creatures with whom we share this beautiful Planet.

  4. Jane Morrow says:

    Gee Canada has really gone down in my opinion. First you murder baby seals and now threaten the survival of humpback whales. The world leaders are a lowly bunch. This guy Harper seems to be right up there with people like Australia’s Tony Abbott (dredging a channel through the Great Barrier Reef to transport coal and removing old growth Tasmanian forest from its World Heritage status). The world is so corrupt.

  5. Viktoria Schmidt says:

    My gosh, I knes Canada sucks with the harp seal culling but this? Just sad. Canadian people are so nice, I thought they where better ghan the Japanese…

  6. Ok im canadian and take offense when grouped together . We should all look to our own backyards . Every country has their skeletons. Lets aim our comments to the groups that are the ones responsible. I am against all cruelty be it human or animals. Heather and all those that say canadians must be ignorant or stupid

  7. Brandon Swayye says:

    All humanity needs to do is express love for everyone and everything, there would be much less problems if we all live out of peace, love, and unity. One word folks. “permaculture.”

  8. ravinder singh says:

    i thought canada is a country who is not barbaric but though they think they are developed but the inner side is still primitive.

  9. Gilbert O'Sughrue says:

    The present Canadian government is a right-wing government. They care not for the environment (or living things once they are born but they are staunch supporters of foetuses for religious reasons). They care for money, money, money and POWER!

    The only practical use of a right-wing government is to steer a country back to the centre if a left-wing government has been in power too long. They should be able to do this in 3-6 years, then get rid of the buggers!

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