A Pender Island woman is asking the federal government to step in and help protect endangered southern resident killer whales.
Mae Moore has started up an online petition to the House of Commons.
She says she would like Canadian whale watching boats to abide by the same rules as their Washington State counterparts.
“Their regulations are twice as strong as ours are currently in Canada. In Washington State, boats have to stay 200 yards away from any marine mammals and those are regulations. In Canada, they have to stay 100 meters away and they are guidelines, there is no enforcement.”
Moore says the killer whales are constantly harassed as they feed.
She says it would also be nice to have a marine protected area established.
Her petition will be posted for four months and requires 500 signatures to be tabled in the House of Commons.
As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, it had more than 300 signatures.
You can find the petition HERE.
E-petitions becoming more popular
E-petitions on the House of Commons website are gaining in popularity since debuting last December.
Twenty-third petitions are currently posted online, ranging from opposing shock collars to train pets (4100 signatures), stopping the Energy East pipeline (13 signatures), and the Trans Mountain pipeline (396 signatures).
About 2,200 people have signed their names to ban Donald Trump from entering the country because of his anti-Muslim comments in the Republican nomination race.
The most popular petition so far, with 19,000 names, asks the government to take the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle off the restricted firearms list.
Petitions must be sponsored by a Member of Parliament.
The NDP’s Kennedy Stewart, who originated the idea, is the busiest sponsor, but also active are Don Davies, Bob Zimmer and Elizabeth May.