11/08/2018: "Canada Refuses Emergency Order For Orcas"
Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance has announced the federal government has refused to issue an emergency order to protect endangered killer whales under the Species at Risk Act, despite the Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans, and of Environment and Climate Change making a recommendation for one.
Wilhelmson states that “An emergency order is a powerful tool that can rapidly cut through bureaucratic red tape to implement the most effective and timely actions required to protect endangered species under the Species At Risk Act. We are deeply disappointed that the Cabinet decided against the recommendation.
This is a unique situation because the Ministers recognized that an emergency order was needed and, if issued, would have made it easier and faster to implement what the science shows is needed to support the 74 remaining orcas. “
What does this mean for the whales?
The government this week made a series of announcements that could be the beginnings of real positive change for the whales��"but the devil is in the details. It’s only over time that we’ll see whether these measures are put into place as a starting point in a series of immediate actions needed to save this species.