TELL U.S. AND CANADIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO PROTECT NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES
In late January, a North Atlantic right whale named Pediddle was spotted off Georgia with her newborn calf. This marks her 9th calf, making her one of the most prolific mothers in recent history! While this is exciting news, Pediddle’s family has also seen recent tragedy - her granddaughter Snowcone was last seen severely entangled in fishing gear in September and her great-grandson Cottontail died from entanglement in 2021.
Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are on the verge of extinction, and the population has decreased nearly 10% in the past year. Only around 356 North Atlantic right whales remain, around 70 of which are breeding females. Without aggressive action now, this could be the first large whale to go extinct in the Atlantic Ocean in centuries.
We’re calling on the U.S. and Canadian governments to take urgent action to protect North Atlantic right whales from entanglements in fishing gear and collisions with vessels' - both of which are leading causes of death – and are preventable.
Tell your federal government officials to take immediate action to protect North Atlantic right whales, before they are gone forever. Please feel free to edit the petition text below, then fill out your info on the right to submit your letter.
This action emails your direct federal representatives and can only be completed by U.S. citizens with an address recognized by the database provided by Congress.
Background photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01