Protect Alaska's Wild Sea Otters!
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Protect Alaska's Wild Sea Otters!

    1. Petition by

      Friends of the Sea Otter

H.R. 2714, a bill introduced by Rep. Donald Young of Alaska, threatens to restart the fur trade of northern sea otters from southcentral and southeastern Alaska.  

All sea otters are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act which makes it illegal to hunt a sea otter or sell any products made from the body of a sea otter, unless the sea otter is harvested by an Alaskan Native for subsistence purposes. Even an Alaskan Native must sufficiently alter a sea otter pelt into some kind of traditional artifact or handicraft before selling anything made from a sea otter. It is currently illegal for anyone, including Alaskan Natives, to sell unaltered sea otter pelts to non-Alaskan Natives.

H.R. 2714 restarts the fur trade by stripping the requirement that sea otter fur be altered into traditional handicrafts or artifacts before being sold by Alaskan Natives. Wholesale harvests of sea otters for their fur will again be legal.

H.R. 2714 allows for the unrestricted and unlimited selling of sea otter fur to businesses for commercial production. Hats, clothing, footwear and all other manner of items could be commercially produced out of sea otter fur for the broader market anywhere in the country.

This has happened before and it nearly destroyed the species.

Tell your representatitive to oppose the start of a new fur trade that could undo all the progress that the sea otter population has made.

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Recent signatures


    1. Anti-Otter Bill Dies in Alaska State Senate

      HJR 26, a non-binding state resolution that would have essentially condone sea otter population control, failed to make it out of committee in the Alaskan State Senate. Though the actual threat in the form of HR 2714 remains at large in the U.S. Congress, this is a small victory that we can celebrate by telling your friends to take action on this petition to oppose HR 2714!

    2. Alaska's Legislature Opposes Sea Otter Recovery

      The Alaskan state legislature voted to approve a resolution that urges the federal government to broaden the use of sea otter fur harvested by Alaska Natives. Now more than ever we need to stand up to prevent H.R. 2714 from becoming law. Please share with your friends and family and tell your representatives to support the recovery of the sea otter and to vote NO on H.R. 2714!

    3. We are so happy!

      Thank you to everyone who has taken action so far. We only need 342 more people to take action until we meet our goal of 1,000 letters sent to Rep. Doc Hastings and Rep. Doc Hastings. Please keep up the good work of sharing this campaign - we need to all stand up and do our part to save sea otters from this dangerous bill!

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Tell your friends about this bill!

      The success of this bill hinges on the ignorance of the public. Anyone who finds out about this bill is opposed to it, we need only to spread the word. Tell everyone you know about this bill and to sign this petition!

      After sending a letter to Rep. Hastings and Markey, click on this link to send a letter to your own representative:

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Hendrik du Plessis MOUNTAIN VIEW, SOUTH AFRICA
      • over 2 years ago

      They have been exploited almost to extinction far to long

      • over 2 years ago


    • Leah Staley JONESTOWN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I love otters!

    • Carol Reins ST.PAUL, MN
      • almost 3 years ago

      Fur is not fashionable...stop killing animals for fashion.

      • almost 3 years ago

      With all of the synthetic furs out there , we do not need to kill sea otters or any other animal for their fur. This is absolutely ridiculous. We cannot let this destruction take place. This H.R. 2714 is a blight on Alaska. I for one will not visit this state if this is passed. I will encourage all people to do the same. Young is a moron with very little thought for what he is doing.


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