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Vern Buchanan ‘disappointed’ feds changed manatee endangered status, calls for reversal

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Congressman Vern Buchanan is attacking an announcement Thursday from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downgrading protections for the Florida manatee from “endangered” to “threatened.” It’s a “huge disappointment,” the Sarasota Republican said. “The decision to weaken protections under the Endangered Species Act threatens the survival of the manatee, one of Florida’s most beloved animals,” Buchanan added. “It needs to be reversed.” Buchanan plans to contact Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to ask him to reconsider and overturn the decision.…

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SeaWorld spends more on lobbying in face of bad publicity

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SeaWorld’s spending on federal lobbying has surged in the face of bad publicity and calls for tougher restrictions on marine parks and aquariums. The Orlando-based company spent nearly a half-million dollars lobbying the federal government from January through June, records show, up 68 percent over the same period last year. Meantime, SeaWorld has also started aggressively lobbying at the state level in California, where lawmakers briefly considered a bill that would have banned killer whale shows and breeding. The company…

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