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News Release
September 6, 2018 (Updated September 7th)
Re: Stop the Cruel Capture Plans for J50 and Family!
Any proposed capture plans for the orca Scarlett/J50 would be cruel and presents a high risk of harm to her, her mom Slick/J16 and her family. This is the same family that with mom Tahlequah/J35 recently mourned the loss of her baby and carried the lifeless body for 17 days. Separating Scarlett and mom Slick would cause unimaginable suffering. It would break a precious bond between them and their lifelong family. A capture could also result in injuries and drowning.
“NOAA and DFO must stop these “last resort” cruel capture plans,” stated Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Foundation, “Even if J50 ever was separated from her family they can reunite on their own or be reunited NOT captured! If stranded on a beach she must be refloated and reunited! (Note: BC Transient “Tumbo”, who suffers from scoliosis, has been separated and found his family). At times Nature will take its peaceful course as one passes with their family not torn apart from them.”
On September 3rd J50 appeared to be active by officials. And on September 5th she was quite active when observed by Lifeforce’s Peter Hamilton in waters near Comox, BC. (Photos/video are available)
How Much More Can They Endure?
Hamilton added, “These orcas must not be treated as laboratory experiments. The Vancouver Aquarium has claimed that “rescues” and captives are untapped research tools. This is done for lucrative grants and to continue cetacean captivity. They must not be studied to death with ongoing multiple experiments. . As the research system is to “Publish or Perish” but that must not be the orcas.
Immediate SARA Emergency Orders
There must be immediate fishing moratoriums and enforcement against continued boater harassment. These and other measures must be enacted as an Emergency Order under the Species at Risk Act. Read our Petition with over 165,000 supporters. Save the Orca Families Now!
Other J50 issues:
1. J50 should have been treated with specific antibiotics following conclusive health tests before time is now running out.
2. Antibiotics must not be put in salmon because those salmon cannot be targeted to J50. Antibiotics can cause major adverse reactions.
3. A long term injection dart with antibiotics would expose J50 to infection from the polluted environment etc.. A similar “tagging” dart caused an infection in an L pod orca who died.
For further information: Peter Hamilton,