Save Manatees From Starvation Due to Habitat Destruction

Target: Delaware Senator Tom Carper, Head of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Goal: Demand funding for manatee research and conservation to protect their declining population.

There are currently three species of manatees on this earth, and all of them are endangered or threatened. The Florida manatees, who live in the southern east coast waters, are one of the most critically endangered animals in the entire country. They have a small population hovering around 6,000. 2021 has proven to be a particularly difficult year for these gentle giants, and tragically over 800 of them have died. This has been attributed to several factors, including motorboats, but the largest contributor to manatee death appears to be the loss of their main food: sea grass beds.

These sea grass beds provide countless benefits to the shallow coastal waters they’re often found in. They grant food and shelter to hundreds of species of fish and animal, and their importance on the ecosystem cannot be understated. However, they’ve been disappearing rapidly in recent years due to ocean pollution, climate change, and other human activities. This has directly threatened manatees and caused many to starve to death.

Unfortunately, not much is known about the overall effects manatees have on their local ecosystems. Like many environmental concerns, their funding has often been slashed and allocated to other things. Sign below and demand Congress provide dedicated funds to researching and conserving manatees and the sea grass beds that feed them before it’s too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Tom Carper,

As the head of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, you are in a crucial position to help with an increasingly important issue. The manatee populations off the coast of Florida have been in a rapid decline this year, with over 800 lost due to their main source of food, sea grass beds, disappearing. Manatees are incredibly gentle and docile creatures, with no ability to migrate thousands of miles or seek out alternative methods of survival. Additionally, sea grass beds provide food and shelter to countless other animals.

There is much we still don’t know about manatees and their effect on local ecosystems. It is critical that we divert funding into studying manatees and sea grass beds, both so that we can help preserve their populations for years to come and so that we better understand everything they do. Please make these investments on a creature that has been harmed by humans time and time again, and truly deserves better.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Benjamin Brandt


24 Comments

  1. Susan Smith says:

    Makes me sick how $ is more important than animals, people, nature. Save our planet from monsters.

  2. Shirley Lemieux says:

    It would seem that the right thing to do for the manatee declining population would be to make available the funding needed. It is tragic that environmental funds get slashed.

  3. Raynesha McGhee-Reed says:

    These Manatees Needs 2 Be Saved.

  4. We MUST PROTECT our MANATEES — they are crucial to our eco-system — we NEED our MANATEES — they deserve to live — the waters MUST be CLEAN — the water TEMPERATURE must be just right — we must do everything to enable MANATEES to live happily & comfortably.

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