Animal Petitions

Animal Petitions Calls for Action to Save Washington's Starving Killer Whales

Animal Petitions, a top online destination for those concerned about wildlife welfare and conservation, issued a call to action to save a population of orca whales off the coast of Washington. With dams on the Lower Snake River cutting off the orcas' natural food supply of chinook salmon, the killer whales are forced to subsist on their own stocks of blubber throughout much of the year. Burning blubber leaves the orcas weak and more susceptible to illnesses, endangering the lives of pod members young and old. The new Animal Petitions drive centers around a letter at encouraging President Barack Obama to take executive action to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River, a move that would restore the orcas' access to chinook salmon, improving their reliable food supply by 70% at a single stroke.