Save the Orca Families! A Major Issue of Our Times: Making Tertiary Sewage the Law!

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Save the Orca Families! A Major Issue of Our Times: Making Tertiary Sewage the Law!

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Lifeforce Foundation started this petition to Bernadette Jordan (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) and

Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are still hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters.

The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 74 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out.

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A Major Issue of Our Times: Making Tertiary Sewage Treatment the Law!

Wildlife continues to live in harmful, polluted waters. Stopping the growing pollution and increasing costs is one of the major issues facing present and future generations.  The necessary upgrades could take over 15 years if not mandated now. Contaminants, such as microplastics and pharmaceuticals, would continue to be dumped into the rivers and oceans!

Two of the three major threats to endangered orcas, pollution and lack of food, could be significantly reduced. In order to protect people, animals and ecosystems all governments must make Tertiary Sewage Treatment the Law.

Did you know that numerous cities in British Columbia are only planning Secondary Treatments?

Please use the information in this petition to urge your local politicians worldwide to make new regulations. This major issue is a matter of Life or Death! Please Help Stop the Pollution Now! Also, Please Sign and Share: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-make-tertiary-sewage-treatment-the-law 

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This petition had urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan and Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to take immediate action and implement an emergency order  to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. 

They were responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! Actions have been taken but more are needed!

The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution.

The emergency order should: 

  • Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed;
  • Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment;
  • Prevent and Clean up Pollution; 
  • Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US; 
  • Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped.

The Southern Resident orcas were counting on us to take action.

Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival.

You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through  Paypal.

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