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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