Sos To Save Endangered Orcas!|
posted on October 19, 2019
SOS to Save Endangered Orcas!
Please copy and paste the Lifeforce “SOS to Save Endangered Orcas!” below to Governor Jay Inslee and the Southern Resident Orca Task Force PUBLIC COMMENT SITE. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019.
The DRAFT Year 2 Report and Recommendations of the Governor's Southern Resident Orca Task Force has been posted on the Governor’s website . The full Lifeforce “SOS to Save Endangered Orcas” Report is available by request to email@example.com
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SOS to Save Endangered Orcas
To: Governor Jay Inslee and the Southern Resident Orca Task Force
Research Boat Traffic can further endanger the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) and others. Over 15 years of continuous experiments on them have not saved them! Less experiments and more humane, modern alternatives must be enacted. This could include tracking orcas using the vast network of underwater microphones (not dart trackers that has killed one SRKW) and using drones to safely collect breath and DNA samples (not extremely close approaches and biopsy darts).
The SRKW Task Force recognizes that vessel traffic and noise is one of three major threats (others include lack of food and pollution). US and Canada have taken protective actions such as increased distances from orcas and No Go Zones for other commercial and private boat operators. The “Year 2 Potential Recommendations” addresses many of the threats. However, it has failed to reduce the life and death threat of research traffic.
This Research Ivory Tower is mainly an in house, peer review system. Cosmetic Testing and other experiments on animals are being phased out. The lucrative research industry’s outdated biases and control must end! Or the SRKWs may not survive!
We urge you to:
1. Define and implement a moratorium on the harmful, invasive research that includes over 15 years of failed experiments! Presently permits are also issued for the “Taking of Endangered and Threatened Species”. This includes any “take” (harass, hunt, capture or kill) of an endangered or threatened species incidental to the research.
2. Protect SRKWS by banning captures and captivity! Researchers did have plans to capture J50! Abducting them from family and is tantamount to animal cruelty!
3. Define ways as to how endangered orcas can be protected from the "publish or perish" research industry by determining ways to include unbiased, non affiliated public review.
4. Stop any funding and control by the aquarium industry such as Sea World. They are responsible in part for the present plight of SRKWS by the earlier captures of a whole generation of young orcas. That created an abnormal age and sex imbalance that continues today.
5. Take all actions that have immediate benefits to SRKWS by enacting the Emergency Orders under the Species At Risk Act and US laws.
It is time to reduce the harm to endangered wildlife such as the SRKWs. It is Time to recognize Orca Rights!