71 Year Old Woman Ends Solidarity Fast for “Starving” Orcas

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source: Yahoo Lifestyles

The sight of a black and white killer whale emerging from the depths of the Pacific Ocean used to be an iconic sight in Washington state— but not anymore.

That’s why a 71-year-old Washington woman went on a 17-day hunger strike to raise awareness about the starving orcas. From April 1 to April 17, Lanni Johnson fasted in solidarity with the orcas at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia alongside a fellow advocate in an orca suit.

“Killer whales are the apex predator of the ocean. They are to be cared for and respected—not to be starved………. They’re starving to death and we need to get food to them. It was the only way that I could think of to get people’s attention.”

“I realized what a treasure they are and that they should be protected. I didn’t realize how endangered they were………. I assumed they were being taken care of and that people were doing what they need to do to fix this.”

Lanni Johnson
Orca Activist 

With a sign that read, “Fast in solidarity with the starving Southern Resident Orcas” Johnson also kept an updating counter indicating the number of days she had been on strike. She says people would “give me a thumbs up, smile, or ask me questions.” One Seattle woman saw a local news segment on Johnson and drove all the way to talk with the orca activist.

FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound, west of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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