In fact, the reason Tokitae's family-the Southern Resident Killer Whales of Puget Sound-are now listed and protected under the Endangered Species Act at all, is wholly a result of corporate interests. First, there were the companies that paid fishermen to round up and capture dozens of killer whales from their wild homes back in the 1970s (almost half the original Southern Resident community was taken or killed), and now there are the fish farms, dams, boat noise, power plants, and fossil fuel and other interests that claim they must act for their customers in ways that deplete wild orcas' food supply, contaminate their waters with toxic chemicals, and heat the entire planet such that every life form on Earth may soon face catastrophic, irrevocable climate chaos.
All in the name of money and power. And all without the necessary checks in place to hold the system accountable to health, vitality, sustainability, and harmony for all rather than a few.
Will the US government act in accordance with this knowledge in regards to Tokitae? Will they stand on the right side of history? Because whether Tokitae is granted the protection of the Endangered Species Act amounts to another crucial step in healing the entire system and creating a global culture that fosters harmony, vitality and peace rather than the systemic conditions that invite domination, suffering, and destruction. It would also mean the possible retirement to her native waters of a magnificent, singular individual who has turned tricks for her entire life...and the precedent, wisdom, and hope such a liberation will inspire.