Stop the Slaughter
Started 2 petitions
Stop Red Tide Before It's Too Late For Florida's Beaches!
Red tide took Florida by storm in 2018 and into 2019. We saw record breaking deaths tolls for everything from manatees to sea turtles. Instead of scenic sunsets, beach goers were subjected to toxic algae and the remains of wildlife like whale sharks and pelicans. Even humans were affected by the toxic red tide -- especially those with respiratory problems. This year's outbreak not only hurt local economies but has destroyed coastal ecosystems. Researchers are concerned with the emptiness of Florida's beaches and reefs… and red tide has returned. In fact, algae blooms have been recently reported along the Southwest Florida coast from Venice all the way to Naples. -- Our fragile eco-systems can't handle much more of this destruction. Tell Gov. DeSantis to keep his promises and clean up Florida's water before it's too late! Click Here To Help
Manatee "Downlisted" from Endangered
Massive efforts from developers and boating interests have resulted in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) "downlisting" the endearing and fragile mammal, bringing it down from "endangered" to "threatened." This means the slow-moving sea cow will not enjoy the higher level of protection that the "endangered" tag confers. What's the difference? "Endangered" species are at the brink of extinction now. "Threatened" species are likely to be at the brink in the near future. There are just a few thousand of these delicate creatures left, so there is NO REASON to reduce the level of protection. More manatees are already dying as a result of this reclassification. WE NEED TO REVERSE IT. 804 manatees were killed in Florida in 2018, the highest level since 2013 when 840 died. 118 manatees were killed by boaters in 2018. So the deaths have increased since the changed designation. Combine the boating strikes with red tide and toxic algae blooms and you have a recipe for disaster. and all of this carnage is MAN-MADE. The figures FWS cite are possibly in error and DO NOT reflect additional threats to the sea cow’s current situation—namely, the toxic algae bloom prominent in waters where the manatee nest and live. A toxic bloom is caused when officials release contaminated water from Lake Okeechobee into rivers that pour into the Indian River Estuary, polluting it and killing manatees and dozens of other species. New regulations would reduce the “No Wake” areas on the waterways to protect the animals. HELP STOP IT NOW!