[NetBehaviour] Protest Manatee Downlisting! (fwd) - please act... - Alan

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Sat Jun 10 04:13:45 CEST 2006



(Sorry about this but we've been involved in this issue - which also 
represents what's happening around the world... - Alan


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Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 18:30:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: Save the Manatee Club <action at savethemanatee.org>
Reply-To: Save the Manatee Club
     <reply.96944.81566192.1212041169242547758-sondheim_gmail.com at en.groundspring
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To: Alan Sondheim <sondheim at gmail.com>
Subject: Protest Manatee Downlisting!


ACTION BY STATE AGENCY PUTS MANATEES IN GREAT JEOPARDY

WE NEED YOUR IMMEDIATE HELP!


Hi Alan,

Despite a huge public outcry, on June 7, the Florida Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted unanimously to
downlist manatees from Endangered to Threatened status.

This action has little to do with how manatees are actually
faring in the wild and everything to do with pressure from
developers, the marine industries, and go-fast boaters. The
FWC has projected that the manatee population could plummet
to half its numbers within the foreseeable future. Now,
boat speed zones can be rolled back, and marina and coastal
development can move forward at an even faster pace. More
and more boats will gain access to Florida's already
overcrowded and dangerous waterways, and there will be
more pollution from stormwater runoff.

Although the FWC is vehemently denying that the manatee's
Threatened status will result in less protection, this is
emphatically untrue, and a marine industry representative
speaking at the FWC meeting was already asking for the boat
speed zones to be reviewed for weakening protections.

Save the Manatee Club, along with 16 other organizations,
has filed a legal petition asking the FWC to fix its
imperiled species classification system.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

-Please help protect manatees by sending a quick and easy
online letter to FWC's executive director, Ken Haddad, the
FWC commissioners, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The e-mail
protests the manatee's reclassification and asks the FWC to
accept our legal petition to fix its imperiled species
classification system. You can also get more background
information on this issue. Just click on the link below:

http://www.savethemanatee.org/actionalert.cfm?id=15

-Please make a donation now. You will be helping us do whatever
it takes to defend manatees from a self-serving politically
driven process that not only devalues these beloved animals,
but also puts all of Florida's imperiled wildlife at greater risk.

http://www.savethemanatee.org/shop/donate.cfm?dept_id=591?dept_id=591


-Please forward this e-mail to as many people as you can.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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ABOUT SMC
Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981
by former Florida Governor Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett.
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