Topic

whales

38 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, Maria Cantwell

Dammed to extinction, Southern Resident Orcas are starving. Time is running out!

The 76 remaining wild critically endangered salmon-eating Southern Resident Orcas are dying from starvation. ⇒ Leaving an effective breeding population less than 30, near the point of no recovery. Breach the Lower Snake River Dams in 2018 Why are these Orcas starving? More than 50% of their diet comes from salmon produced in the Columbia Basin, half of which were produced in the Snake River System.   How is dam breaching possible? Since 2002, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has designated dam breaching as the best solution to recover wild salmon on the Snake River. The Corps  of Engineers can use the current EIS to breach the dams within a few months! The Impact and benefits of breaching: • If the lower Snake River dams were breached, it would double or triple survival rates, restoring many millions of fish to the Columbia Basin. • Give the orcas a fighting chance to recover by increasing their food supply. • Breaching costs the state nothing. The first two dams can be breached for the cost of another EIS estimated at $80 million; 5 years to completion. • The four lower Snake River dams in Eastern Washington do not provide flood control and produce only low value surplus electricity. • Savings from these dams can be applied to more efficient dams and/or projects. • NOTHING else, not more spill across the dams, not more hatchery fish, not less boat traffic, not more studies and a new EIS can achieve this in time to save wild salmon or Southern Resident Orcas. Congressional Legislation or new appropriations are not needed to start breaching the Snake River dams this year! SENATOR MURRAY AND GOVERNOR INSLEE, Please take action today and urge the Army Corps' Major General Spellmon and Bonneville Power Administration's Elliot Mainzer to begin breaching dams in 2018. Thank you to the hundreds of thousands who have petitioned for immediate dam breaching, for those of you who want more information on how to save the salmon and orcas, visit www.damsense.org      

Dam Sense
51,310 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Roberts Hawaii, Toms Barefoot Tours, Discover Hawaii Tours, Hawaii Discount, Hawaii Activities, Veltra , Hana Hou Magazine, Honolulu Family, This Week Hawaii, Kahala Mall, Hoku Hawaii Tours, Kamaaina Kids, Jen Civelli

Stop Supporting Dolphin Captivity In Hawaii

The facilities holding marine mammals captive in Hawaii are promoted heavily by the tourism industry. They push thousands of visitors into these places every year. Swim-with-dolphin programs are outdated and cruel. We want these businesses to see how supporting these practices will do more harm to their business than good. PETITION: Please consider our signatures as our official intent to refrain from booking with your business while in Hawaii until you stop supporting Hawaii’s captive dolphin facilities. As we learn more about what is required of these dolphins to survive in dolphinariums, we see that it is irresponsible to strip them of nearly all of their physical, social, and psychological needs for our benefit. Studies prove that dolphins are cognitive beings with self-awareness similar to that in humans. In the wild dolphins’ lives revolve around their social structure and bonds. They care for eachother’s young, co-operate while hunting, aid and console those in distress, partake in their population’s own varying cultures, and pass down information throughout generations, just like we do. Hawaii’s captive cetacean industry is responsible for over 140 reported deaths, all documented by the overseeing governing body National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with causes of deaths varying from “drowned,” “suffocation,” “killed by another dolphin,” “food poisoning,” and trainer error. 91 of these animals were taken from Hawaiian waters. We strongly feel that this is a poor representation of Hawaii’s long standing cultural relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants and we are not the only ones. As more information about the marine mammal industry is brought to light, public opposition has continued to grow (https://dolphinproject.com/campaigns/captivity-industry/captive-facilities-closed/ What was once a huge draw for business and tourism is now becoming a negative association.Multiple countries and states have banned the public display of whales and dolphins over the past few years and a lot of progress has been made including: - Jeff Stone of The Resort Group decided to cease all plans to put captive dolphins in the upcoming billion dollar investment Atlantis Resort in Ko’olina, stating they are committed to “respecting and celebrating the unique history, culture and ocean heritage of Hawaii.”- The National Aquarium In Baltimore was met with praise when they told the public they intended to retire their dolphins to a sea sanctuary.- Vancouver Aquarium announced it will no longer keep dolphins and other whales in captivity.- France banned breeding captive cetaceans.- Instagram flagged searches relating to swim with dolphin programs and created an alert warning users who search for them that the tag may be “associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals.”- It’s also worth nothing that Maui preemptively banned captive dolphin facilities and is still rated the #1 island, not just in Hawaii, but in the world by Trip Advisor.- Mexico city prohibited the use of captive dolphins therapy, scientific investigation, training and entertainment- Canada has been pushing for a bill to end marine mammal captivity- A sanctuary is being built in Russia for captive dolphins to retire to- A whale sanctuary is being built in the USA for captive orcas to retire to- South Korea successfully rehabilitated and released even more dolphins back into the wild. Their previous releases over the years have been spotted amongst new pods with new offspring of their own. The list goes on and on and continues to grow. With such beautiful and diverse ocean wildlife providing opportunities for visitors that include world class whale watching and scuba diving on every island, we hope you will consider taking a similar route to those standing up to the practice of keeping marine mammals captive during the inevitable sunset of this industry. Mahalo nui loa for your time!

Keiko Conservation
2,644 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders, Alan Lowenthal, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters, Kevin McCarthy, Darren Soto, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Pramila Jayapal, Alma Adams

Tell Congress not to pass the SEA, Act & SECURE, Act which will harm protected marine life

The SEA Act bill and the SECURE Act bill would give oil industries almost unregulated ability to perform Seismic surveying. The practice involves a ship firing blasts of pressurized air to create powerful sound pulses that penetrate beneath the seafloor. Below the water, the explosions sound like bombs going off every 10 to 15 seconds and can be heard as far as 1,500 miles, audio recordings show. The testing threatens a number of species and is part of a thinly veiled oil industry wish list that would upend established protections and fast-track the permitting process for oil exploration off the Atlantic, much of Alaska and even California. Both bills have passed committee and could head to a full vote any day. The bills follow other undoings that have prioritized oil and gas energy over conservation which is vital to the protection of endangered species. The new bills would target the core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which regulates seismic blasts used to locate oil and gas. The noise, scientists say, can disorient and damage the hearing of whales and dolphins so badly that they lose their ability to navigate and reproduce. We cannot allow further offshore oil and gas exploration and development as it harms our coastal economies in the near term and opens the door to even greater risks from offshore oil and gas production down the road. To read the full story, check out http://seavoicenews.com/2018/04/02/oil-seismic-tests-law-harms-marine-life/

Sea Voice News
155,880 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to info@hanson.net

Hanson: Please Agree to Never Play at SeaWorld Again

Prior to Hanson playing at SeaWorld Orlando in March, 2018, 50,000 compassionate people had signed this petition asking the band to cancel that performance. Unfortunately they continued with the show, so we are now asking Hanson to agree never to play at SeaWorld again. Please continue sharing.  To Hanson - you have always encouraged your fanbase to stand up for what we believe in. Many of us were extremely disappointed with your decision to play at SeaWorld. Please let us know you're still the caring men we've adored these last two decades, and agree to never to do another show at SeaWorld. The original letter to Hanson is below.  Hanson, Your fans are some of the most dedicated and loyal fans of music out there--and you know it. We've followed you around the world--from Tulsa to Jamaica--and back again. We support your projects, camp out in the snow, rain, and sun to see you. We've spent over 20 years fighting for your music and your vision, believing in you every step of the way. But we can't defend your support of SeaWorld. At SeaWorld, intelligent, sensitive animals are confined to tiny tanks that to them are the size of bathtubs. They are denied everything important and natural to them. And they don't just suffer. They die. So many animals have died at SeaWorld--and the number grows and grows. SeaWorld is hell for animals: Orcas swim in endless circles and break their teeth by gnawing in frustration on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks. Dolphins are impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged; a polar bear recently died after her companion of 20 years was torn away from her; and three infant marine mammals, including a 3-month-old baby orca, died there in just three months. After hearing this and finding out how SeaWorld neglects and mistreats animals in its care, numerous bands have decided to cancel their appearances. Please do the same and move this show to a different venue. Your fanbase will support your decision and respect you for it. Thank you.  

Kristina J Addington
85,542 supporters