Urgent Action Needed to Rescue Orcas Trapped in Ice

Many of you will have heard about the desperate situation faced by a group of orcas trapped in ice in Hudson Bay, Canada. They are in a tiny hole in ice about 35km from the small community of Inukjuak. The community has mobilised to help the orcas, but urgently need major outside help in the form of an icebreaker that can cut a path to the open ocean and freedom, along with equipment and supplies that will enable them to keep the hole open until the icebreaker arrives.

The nearest icebreaker is perhaps a week away, and it will be costly to send it. Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans is investigating the situation, but investigation takes time and there is very little time left for these whales. The orcas’ only chance is for the government of Canada to make a decision to rescue them NOW and immediately dispatch an icebreaker to the scene.
Only the Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries have the authority to order the rescue. Please help convince them that they should act now. Here are their contact details:

Right Hon. Stephen Harper,
Prime Minister of Canada
Telephone: 1-613-992-4211
Fax: 1-613-941-6900
Email: pm@pm.gc.ca
Twitter: @pmharper

Hon. Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Telephone: 1-613-992-1067
Fax: 1-613-996-9955
Email: keith.ashfield@parl.gc.ca
Email: <min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Twitter:
@DFO_MPO

Here is the message we have sent them:

Please rescue the Hudson Bay orcas. Send icebreaker, keep the hole open. Thank you.

Until the icebreaker gets to the scene, the hole in the ice must be kept open. Canada’s military has the ability to help the people of Inukjuak with this vital task. Canada’s Defense Minister can order the needed assistance. Here are his contact details:

Hon. Peter Mackay
Minister of National Defense
Telephone: 1-613-996-3100
Fax: 1-613-995-8189
Email: dnd_mdn@forces.gc.ca
Twitter: @MacKayCPC

Here is the message we are sending to him:

Please assist the rescue of the Hudson Bay orcas. Help keep the hole open. Thank you.

Here is a link to a story that includes a video of the scene with comments from Inukjuak’s Mayor, Peter Inukpuk:http://bit.ly/ZtgPAp

Please spread this sad news and call for action as widely as possible. Write, call and tweet.

Thank you very much, and heartfelt thanks to the people of Inukjuak,

Paul & Helena & Leah

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