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Partial Freedom For Endangered Orca Rights
posted on November 7, 2017

Partial Freedom For Endangered Orca Rights

News Release
October 28, 2017
Re: Partial Freedom for Endangered Orca Rights
When Lifeforce learnt about the low populations of West Coast Orcas in the early 90s we have been instrumental in improving laws and protection for them. As we succeeded in the US for increased boat up to 400 yards and better government enforcement, Canadian regulators appeared to protect commercial interests and not endangered orcas. Finally, after increased public awareness of their plight, the Department of Fisheries will now increase the distances between commercial and private boats from 100 metres to 200 metres in the Spring of 2018. However we will continue to demand equal legal protection of up to 400 metres. This was recently supported by Lynne Barre, US NOAA. See Lifeforce Petition: Equal Laws to Protect West Coast Endangered Orcas! Petitioning Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard: dominic.leblanc@parl.gc.ca and Minister of Environment and SARA > https://www.change.org/p/dominic-leblanc-minister-of-fisheries-oceans-and-canadian-coast-guard-dominic-leblanc-parl-gc-ca-equal-laws-to-protect-west-coast-endangered-orcas/u/21611059
Lifeforce will also continue to stop the accumulative and life threatening field experiments on wild orcas. See Lifeforce Petition: Stop Barbaric Orca Satellite “Tags” and Skin Biopsies! Petitioning TheSec@DOC.gov > https://www.change.org/p/thesec-doc-gov-stop-barbaric-orca-satellite-tags-and-skin-biopsies
Lifeforce Founder, Peter Hamilton, asks, “Why has it taken so long for governments to take effective actions? Since the early 90s, the Vancouver based ecology/animal rights organization has been fighting for changes that should include:
1. Fish moratoriums to save marine life that form a delicate web of life;
2. Stopping field experiments such as "dart" tracking and skin biopsies in polluted waters that can lead to infections and death (Orca L95 died in March 2016 and others are missing).
3. Increasing boat distances and educating commercial and pleasure boaters;
4. Ending all cetacean captivity and captive experiments through a worldwide ban.
Hopefully these steps forward will not be too late!”

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