Save Orca Whales From Extinction

Target: Elliot Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration

Goal: Save the southern resident orca whales from the brink of extinction.

With the recent deaths of a mother orca and her calf, the population of orca whales is now a horrifyingly scant 80 in total in their southern resident population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest United States. This is the lowest number this already vulnerable population has faced in two decades, and a frighteningly low number overall. Many species on the critical list have numbers in the hundreds or low thousands, but this community of orcas has dropped to below even 100 total.

For years, whales have been the victims of many environmental crimes such as water pollution, being hunted for their blubber, forced into captivity by aquariums and starving due to recent food shortages. Despite many efforts to protect these creatures, things are only getting worse for them. Their numbers are frighteningly low and will only keep dropping until there are no orcas left on this planet.

Orca whales are beautiful, intelligent creatures who deserve better than this. We cannot let their numbers get any lower or for any more harm to come to them. We must strengthen our efforts to protect this species, to stop pollution, hunting, captivity and other dangers they face. As an essential part of this effort, we must remove the four lower Snake River Dams that are killing salmon which orcas depend on for food.

Sign this petition to help preserve what is left of these innocent creatures.


Dear Administrator Mainzer,

Two orca whales, a mother and her calf, died recently, dropping the total population of orca whales to 80 total in the southern resident population. This is frightening, especially when you consider the danger whales as a whole face every day. Thanks to polluted waters, starvation due to food shortages, captivity and whaling, whales are in severe danger of dying out entirely, and the orca is already on its way.

We cannot let this happen. This community of orcas has the lowest population of any endangered species. Please help the orca population recover by removing the four lower Snake River dams. Getting rid of these dams will allow salmon populations to recover, ensuring a dependable food source for orcas.

These whales are nearly gone from this world, there is so little time left to prevent this. Please make sure that Bonneville Power Administration does its part by removing the lower Snake River dams.


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