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Posted Sun Feb 12 2012: from CBC:
B.C. killer whale habitat protection ruled a legal duty
The federal minister of fisheries has no discretion when it comes to protecting the critical habitat of B.C.'s southern resident killer whales, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled. The precedent-setting case relates to the Species at Risk Act (SARA). "We are thrilled with the court's decision and we now look forward to the opportunity to get on with the work of actually protecting the whales," remarked Margot Venton, a lawyer with Ecojustice, an environmental law firm that fought the case on behalf of nine environmental groups. In a statement issued Friday, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it would not comment until it had completed a review of the decision.
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Another case of the law protecting a killer.

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