Sunday, January 20, 2008

Penalties for manatee harrassment in Florida include jail

Two remorseful young men face jail time, probation, and community service for harassing a manatee and posting video of the event on "My Space".

Kudos to the "My Space" witness for reporting the incident to "Save The Manatee Club", to the Club for reporting it to the authorities, and to the district judge who dealt out reasonable punishment for harassment of an endangered species.

If similar charges were brought against tourists who "unintentionally" harass manatees while swimming with them, perhaps we would see better compliance with the Federal Guidelines for human-manatee interactions.

Please support Manatee Tour Operators who comply with federal guidelines, visit CEOs for Wild Manatees.

Related News Stories Online:

CBS4 New Report
Central Florida News 13
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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