About the Petition
Last year, at least 830 endangered Florida manatees needlessly perished—largely victims of deadly boat strikes and toxic red-tide algal blooms. Now manatees are facing another disturbing threat: reckless, overzealous tourists.
Each winter, these gentle giants retire to Florida's warm natural springs, but instead of rest and quiet, they find their habitat overrun with tourists who grab and harass them, blocking their access to the warm waters they need to survive. In some cases, calves have even been separated from their mothers.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can help these vulnerable manatees by establishing new and bigger sanctuaries and by setting stronger guidelines for tourists. Let's send 50,000 messages to FWS Director Dan Ashe by Aug. 31 to ensure he gets the job done.
Sign the petition: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect endangered manatees!