Please Don't Downlist Manatees!
USFWS Recommends Status Change from
“Endangered” to “Threatened”
The Issue: Manatees are facing their biggest threat ever. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), after conducting a 5-year review of the manatee’s federal imperiled status, has recommended the manatee for downlisting from “endangered” to “threatened.”
Why, you ask, aren’t we celebrating the news we have fought for so many years to hear? Because these actions are politically driven. With the price of coastal land skyrocketing, powerful groups like the homebuilder’s association and the marine industries have been lobbying for a long time to get the manatee’s imperiled status changed in order to gut protective regulations and increase their profit margins. This is what it’s always been about, no matter how they or the government wildlife agencies try to portray it.
What You Can Do:
Please take action for manatees! By adding your information below, you will send the following online letter to Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Secretary of the Interior; H. Dale Hall, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Florida Governor Charlie Crist, to let them know you strongly oppose the manatee’s downlisting at this time.
Please also consider making a donation to help us take whatever actions are necessary, including legal action, to ensure that manatees are protected to the full extent of the law. Please be as generous as possible so we can have the resources to act decisively.
Thank you for your help and support!
Save the Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751