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Two Towns in Washington Take Steps Toward Recognizing the Rights of Southern Resident Orcas

Article from Inside Climate News, written by Katie Surma

The moves are the latest developments in the “rights of nature” movement gathering momentum in countries around the world, including the U.S. With only 73 of the orcas of the Salish Sea still in existence, time is of the essence

Southern Resident killer whales encountered during NOAA's PODs (Pacific Orcinus Distribution Survey) in October 2021 near the west end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Gig Harbor, Washington, on Monday became the second city in the Pacific Northwest region to proclaim that Southern Resident Orca whales have legal rights. A week earlier, Port Townsend, Washington, made the same proclamation marking the first time a U.S. city council has made such a recognition.

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