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Save the whales: emergency closures needed now

The world has watched Southern Resident killer whale Tahlequah (J35) carry her dead calf, her child, for over two weeks. It’s a visible grief.  At the same time, another young female whale, J50, appears to be starving. She has been the recipient of unprecedented emergency intervention to keep her alive. Politicians can no longer avert their eyes, or their attention, and neither can we. 1

We have been working with partners to compel emergency action from the federal government and, given the dire situation that has unfolded over the last few weeks and the lack of adequate action from the federal government, Raincoast and the David Suzuki Foundation are asking that they go further than the measures we have previously called for.

Please use your voice to demand that the new federal Fisheries Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, takes action.

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Emergency Closures for killer whales

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Why your action matters now

Our new additional recommendations

  1. Immediate closure of all marine recreational and marine commercial Chinook fisheries.
  2. Suspension of all commercial and private whale watching targeting the Southern Residents.
  3. Active enforcement of these measures.

Previous petition for an emergency order

Our lawyers at Ecojustice, representing Raincoast and our partners, have sent letters outlining the emergency steps we are seeking in 2018.

Emergency Order – Summary of the situation (PDF)

Emergency Order – Cover Letter (PDF)

Emergency Order Request -Full document (PDF)

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  1. Photo by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Permit #16163.

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