Stop Congress from Blocking Sea Turtle Protections
Louisiana Congressman Jeffrey Landry is trying to block new regulations that will protect sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets!
The U.S. House of Representatives Congress passed this terrible amendment on a 281 - 201 vote. Of those 28 Republicans voted NO and 10 Democrats voted YES. Next step will be to defeat it in the Senate. Watch for updates!
Last year more than 3,500 sea turtles, mostly Kemp's ridleys, died during the shrimp season. It's time to close the deadly loophole and require Turtle Excluder Devices in all shrimp vessels, including skimmer trawls.
Please call or email your Congressional Representative now and tell them to vote no on the Landry Amendments to the Appropriations Bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and Science. They will be voting today, May 9, or tomorrow, May 10, 2012. To read more, please click here. More here.
Photo of nesting Kemp's ridley by National Park Service.