Randall Garrison Launches Petition to Save the Whales
November 29th, 2013 - 1:46pm
Victoria - Today Esquimalt- Juan de Fuca MP Randall Garrison launched a petition drive to save the remaining 81 Southern Resident Killer Whales. “I have received overwhelming response from my constituents supporting my motion M-460 that contains an Action Plan to address key threats to the survival of the Southern Resident Killer Whales,” Garrison said. “The next step is to bring these voices to Parliament,” Garrison noted. Signatures will be collected throughout the holidays so the petitions can be tabled in the House of Commons when it resumes sitting on January 27th.
“While Vancouver Islanders recognize the importance of this majestic species to our local economy and local cultures, the Conservatives continue to cut funding for orca research and monitoring programs, to cut jobs for DFO scientists who monitor Chinook stocks, noise pollution and chemical pollution in the Pacific Ocean, and to ignore their legal obligation to protect species that have been designated as endangered under the Species At Risk Act,” Garrison said.
The M-460 petition is available through a number of organizations including Cetus Research and Conservation Society, Vancouver Island Anglers Association, high schools, MLA community offices, and the list continues to grow. “I am encouraged by the enthusiasm from various organizations, individuals and youth groups who stepped up and are working together to save the whales” Garrison said.
“The Government has failed to produce an Action Plan after designating these orcas as endangered in 2003, now it is time for us to show the depth of our concern by collecting signatures to support motion M-460 to ensure Southern Resident Killer Whales get the protection they must have to survive,” Garrison said. “Time is running out to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales and we will not give up the fight to preserve these orcas along with local jobs and a sustainable environment not only for whales, but also for our children and families,” Garrison concluded.