Friday, April 09, 2004
Finally, if I may, a personal note: To our many friends and readers in Australia and Queensland, a special plea to you to engage the process, voice your concern: one ocean, one world.
On Monday afternoon, April 12th, the Florida Senate Natural
Resources Committee will vote on anti-manatee legislation
(SB 540). SB 540 deals a crushing blow to manatees by severely
weakening the Manatee Sanctuary Act. The bill says that if a
regional population has met disputed "biological goals", any
"excess" manatees could then be killed or injured by boats.
The bill could virtually halt work on manatee protection plans
and is in conflict with the federal Endangered Species Act and
the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In addition, essential funds
would be diverted from important management and recovery
research to studies that are ill-conceived and unnecessary.
Every year, Defenders of Wildlife's Florida office, as part of
the Manatee Coalition, has to fight back bad manatee legislation
despite the fact that special interests say they will cease
these legislative attacks. Once again, we need to voice our
support for strong manatee protection. Please call or email
by noon Monday to tell the Senate Natural Resources Committee
members to vote NO on SB 540.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Please go to the DEN Action Center at: http://www.denaction.org
to contact your state Senator and Governor Jeb Bush and tell
them to urge the members of the Natural Resources Committee to
"VOTE NO ON SB 540". You can also telephone the state
Senate Natural Resources Committee members (see contact
The vote will occur on MONDAY, APRIL 12, so please send your
message TODAY. Be sure to say "VOTE NO ON SB 540" in the
subject line or phone call. Thanks for helping to protect
the unique manatee, our state's official marine mammal.
Director, Defenders of Wildlife's Florida Office
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR STATE SENATORS:
SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Chair: Senator Alfred Lawson, Jr.
Vice Chair: Senator Paula Dockery
Senator Nancy Argenziano
Senator Jeffrey H. Atwater
Senator Lee Constantine
Senator Anna P. Cowin
Senator Gary Siplin
Governor Jeb Bush
Thank you to Save the Manatee Club for information used in
writing this alert.