Stop Calling Orcas, Orcinus orca by the erroneous and disparaging misnomer; Killer Whales.

Stop Calling Orcas, Orcinus orca by the erroneous and disparaging misnomer; Killer Whales.

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Dr. Damian Stone started this petition to Nancy Patricia Pelosi; speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019. and

Legislation regulating the fair and humane treatment of animals has been established, and it is ultimately the responsibility of The United States Congress to implement, and uphold these established laws and regulations. An intricate aspect of fair and humane treatment of humans as well as animals is the nomenclature with which that particular species are referred and the labels and titles which are attributed to them. It is of vital importance for a species and race and in this particular case, Orcas be referred to in their appropriate and honorable title which is Orcas and not Killer Whales. To perpetuate such a reference is disparaging, denigrating, and creates and exacerbates a negative perception and treatment of Orcas. The cultural response to such a title of Killer Whale is a reaction of misunderstanding and fear, and thus suspicion and subsequently disdain and indifference.

"The Animal Welfare Act (Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966, P.L. 89-544) was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 24, 1966. It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research and exhibition. Other laws, policies, and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the Animal Welfare Act (otherwise known as the "AWA") as the minimally acceptable standard for animal treatment and care. The USDA and APHIS oversee the AWA and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have primary legislative jurisdiction over the Act. Animals covered under this Act include any live or dead cat, dog, hamster, rabbit, nonhuman primate, guinea pig, and any other warm-blooded animal determined by the Secretary of Agriculture for research, pet use or exhibition. Excluded from the Act are birds, rats of the genus Rattus (laboratory rats), mice of the genus Mus (laboratory mice), farm animals, and all cold-blooded animals." Wikipedia.

We at The National Association of Veterinarians hereby call upon Nancy Pelosi, The Speaker of the House of The United States House of Representatives to act upon this vital and pertinent issue. Please take action to enforce Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966, P.L. 89-544.

Please take a moment and sign and share this fundamentally important issue. Exercise your voice and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Let us all endeavor to put an end to this archaic and anachronistic practice of referring to these magnificent and regal creatures as Killer Whales. They are Orcas, call them Orcas.

Our initial goal right now is to achieve1000 signatures. When we do reach our initial goal, we will assess the possibility of increasing our goal to 5000 signatures. Thank you all !! 

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