“With only 400 left in existence, the North Atlantic right whale has now been officially listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Of the remaining whales, only 100 are breeding females, putting the risk of extinction in even starker relief.
The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) recently called out President Trump’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for not doing all it can to prevent the whale’s demise. “Its extinction is entirely preventable,” PEER Science Policy Director Kyla Bennett said in a statement. “NOAA has powerful tools to protect the North Atlantic right whale, but it is choosing not to use them.””