Ecojustice Blog – Nature, Special Update Posted on December 4, 2018 (updated: December 4, 2018)

For the whales (and the kids)

Dyna TuytelLawyer

I am Dyna, and for as long as I can remember, I have loved whales.

I was reminded of my younger self when seven-year-old Oliver of Burnaby, B.C., and his brother Ben sent the Ecojustice team drawings and hand-written letters in support of bold government action to protect the endangered Southern Resident killer whales.

Whale-enthusiasts Oliver and Ben sent the Ecojustice team these drawings in April 2018.

Their messages took me back to childhood and a well-worn picture book that I cherished called Davy’s Dream, about a young boy’s imaginary adventures with orcas, which my parents read to me each night.

My enduring love of orcas led me to become an Ecojustice lawyer. And thanks to supporters like you, I am using the law to protect endangered orcas from imminent threats to their survival.

My holiday wish is for 2019 to be the year the federal government takes meaningful action to ensure the Southern Resident killer whales survive and recover.

For more than a decade, Ecojustice has worked hand-in-hand with supporters like you to protect the Southern Resident killer whales. Together, we’ve launched and won multiple lawsuits, giving voice to these iconic animals.

But after a summer of tragedy, the Southern Residents are in a precarious situation. We must act now to protect them. You can help my colleagues and I do just that this holiday season.

With your support we will fight to ensure the federal government lives up to its promise to identify new areas of critical habitat, take steps to reduce underwater noise, and regulate potentially harmful chemicals — before the whales return to the Salish Sea in the spring of 2019.

Southern Resident killer whale off the East Point of Saturna Island, B.C. (Miles Ritter via Flickr | CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0)

When I’m investigating legal options to protect the endangered orcas, it is young Ecojustice supporters like Oliver who inspire me to keep going. That it is possible the Southern Residents could go extinct in his lifetime is an unbearable thought.

But with you – and the law – on Ecojustice’s side, I’m hopeful we can secure a better future for the Southern Residents.

Please, donate to Ecojustice to give voice to nature – and the Southern Residents – this holiday season.

Warm regards,
Dyna Tuytel, Lawyer

P.S. Protecting nature is one of the most meaningful gifts we can offer the next generation. Please make a gift today and help to give voice to nature in courtrooms and legislatures across Canada.

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