"Apart from a manatee carcass count, we are trying to find out whether these endangered species are dying needlessly because the safeguards that are supposed to be in place are, in fact, absent," said PEER Counsel Adam Draper, who filed the lawsuit. "For example," he said, "we have reports that speed limit and warning signs for boaters have not been replaced since the 2005 hurricanes."Common Dreams posted a similar story here.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Manatee Protection Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court
The Environment News Service reports here that the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, a national nonprofit association of government workers in natural resource agencies has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The suit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. and alleges violations of the Freedom of Information Act. PEER first made its request in February 2007 seeking records about the status of efforts to prevent manatees deaths caused by boats, signs and to stop harassment of manatees by swimmers.