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November 22, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Shrinking orca population

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A baby orca is seen swimming between family members of K-pod off the southern coast of San Juan Island in June 3.

Help them survive

Editor, The Times:

This is such an unfortunate turn of events for our resident orca whales [“Are orcas starving? UW puts Lab on case,” Times, News, Nov. 19]. Their population has already been reduced to under 90 members and now they lose another seven.

There is no excuse for why these whales are disappearing, especially if the culprit is starvation. I know most people won’t agree but I really believe we should put a halt to salmon fishing altogether ¬ at least until the population can make a comeback.

We as people have so many other alternatives for food. We have billions of animals slaughtered every year that are served up in various dishes.

We have people who feel it’s necessary to go out and hunt wild game. We have other types of fish to choose from that aren’t so threatened. and not only that but There are is also farmed salmon available.

I know there’s good money in it and that wild salmon is a Pacific Northwest staple but so are the whales and I think The whales deserve our greatest effort at a chance for survival.

— Allison McGinnis, Des Moines

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