2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 15:32:40 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOTA, GLOBAL: Letter cals for protection of Okinawa's (Japan) Dugong
For Immediate Release
December 3, 2009
Center for Biological Diversity

More Than 400 Conservation, Animal Protection, Peace and Justice Groups Plead With President Obama to Commute Okinawa Dugong Death Sentence

Letter Calling for Cancellation of Military Base Expansion in
Rare Sea Mammal's Japanese Habitat Hand-delivered to White House

WASHINGTON - Representatives of conservation, animal protection, and peace and justice groups representing more than 10 million Americans hand-delivered a letter today to the White House and State Department urging President Barack Obama to cancel plans to expand a U.S. military base near Henoko in Okinawa, Japan. The base expansion would destroy the prime feeding ground of the few manatee-like Okinawa dugong remaining in the world (believed to number about 50). The plan to expand the base - Camp Schwab, in northeast Okinawa - calls for filling in parts of Oura Bay and the surrounding area. The 1.5-mile-long airbase would also permanently disrupt one of the most biologically diverse areas in the Pacific.

Okinawa has been called the "Galapagos of the East" because of its rich and unique biological diversity. The Henoko area provides important habitat for numerous rare wildlife species in addition to the dugong – an endangered marine mammal related to the manatee and a cultural icon in Japan – and three species of endangered sea turtles.

The U.S. government recently announced that it would reconsider the base expansion plan in light of the massive local opposition to the project.


For the entire press release, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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