View Poll Results: Should the government be allowed to forbid manatee riding?

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    Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    The tea party has come to the defense of a woman has gotten into trouble with the law after she was caught on photograph riding on top of a manatee. You can read the entire story here Tea Party defends right to ride a manatee - Tampa Bay Independent | Examiner.com
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    How is riding construed as harassing, harming or hunting? They are rather large animals and can easily "escape" if they feel harmed or harassed. Did the rider capture it and/or attach something to it? Perhaps a stern warning is in order, or posting a sign to deter the practice, but really - have we no other crime in Floriduh to deal with?
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    How is riding construed as harassing, harming or hunting? They are rather large animals and can easily "escape" if they feel harmed or harassed. Did the rider capture it and/or attach something to it? Perhaps a stern warning is in order, or posting a sign to deter the practice, but really - have we no other crime in Floriduh to deal with?


    The rules about manatees can be found here: MANATEE - Manatee Rules and Regulations

    Manatees are an endangered and protected species and may not be ridden or disturbed in many other ways.
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    I was really sure this was an Onion piece. Instead of the shark, the Tea Party just jumped the manatee.

    I still cant quite get my mind around why the Tea Partiers need this explained to them.
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    The rules about manatees can be found here: MANATEE - Manatee Rules and Regulations

    Manatees are an endangered and protected species and may not be ridden or disturbed in many other ways.
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    There's more to this story and you won't find it at Examiner.com. I'm not going to defend the TP when they do something stoopid, but their issue isn't about riding manatees but Federal control over what is basically a local and state issue.

    Tea party members tackle a new issue: manatees | Tampa Bay Times

    It's not just the local 800 member TP...

    "Tea party members are far from alone in opposing the new rules. The Crystal River City Council and Citrus County Commission contend the new regulations will be bad for the local economy. "

    It's about the new far reaching federal regulations, not riding manatees.

    IMO anyone posting an article from Examiner.com should be given an immediate 10 day suspension. It's just too stoopid to take seriously.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    I really do hope you are right.
    Quote Originally Posted by spanky View Post
    There's more to this story and you won't find it at Examiner.com. I'm not going to defend the TP when they do something stoopid, but their issue isn't about riding manatees but Federal control over what is basically a local and state issue.

    Tea party members tackle a new issue: manatees | Tampa Bay Times

    It's not just the local 800 member TP...

    "Tea party members are far from alone in opposing the new rules. The Crystal River City Council and Citrus County Commission contend the new regulations will be bad for the local economy. "

    It's about the new far reaching federal regulations, not riding manatees.

    IMO anyone posting an article from Examiner.com should be given an immediate 10 day suspension. It's just too stoopid to take seriously.
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    As long as you're willing to let the manatee ride you, I see no problem. If, however, you want to use the poor animals as your entertainment slaves, I'm not a big fan of that.

    That said, there are many animals in the "wild" who clearly enjoy interacting with humans, such as dolphins - to me it has to be a mutually beneficial, symbiotic type relationship - man and dog, kind of thing - otherwise, I see it as abuse.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Manatees sleep under our dock, the largest collections of manatees in N. America gather in winter within waterway minutes of our home, and I'm FWC meaning it is my specific job to protect manatees. I see manatees - many - nearly every day.

    Manatees are very people friendly, beneign creatures. Not very smart creatures. Related to elephants, ie trophical, they die if water temperature falls below 68. So in winter they come to our warm spring waters to survive and breed. Hundreds can gather together in clear, shallow water. They have little body fat, unlike people think. Strict vegetarians.

    Riding a manatee doesn't hurt it and some would enjoy it. Some would. Others not.

    The problem is that if people are allowed such contacts, soon they are carving their initials on their backs. Manatees should be categorized as "protected", but not endangered in my opinion.

    Some of the regulations about manatees actually are harmful to manatees - particularly federal regulations by zippy pinheads.

    As for "riding" manatees? No, I think not because then some people would go overboard and seek out manatees in their breeding and baby-raising areas where they gather. Do I think doing so is a serious offense? No. Just write a ticket and leave it at that.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    As long as you're willing to let the manatee ride you, I see no problem. If, however, you want to use the poor animals as your entertainment slaves, I'm not a big fan of that.

    That said, there are many animals in the "wild" who clearly enjoy interacting with humans, such as dolphins - to me it has to be a mutually beneficial, symbiotic type relationship - man and dog, kind of thing - otherwise, I see it as abuse.
    How do you know when the manatee has given consent to be ridden?

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by spanky View Post
    There's more to this story and you won't find it at Examiner.com. I'm not going to defend the TP when they do something stoopid, but their issue isn't about riding manatees but Federal control over what is basically a local and state issue.

    Tea party members tackle a new issue: manatees | Tampa Bay Times

    It's not just the local 800 member TP...

    "Tea party members are far from alone in opposing the new rules. The Crystal River City Council and Citrus County Commission contend the new regulations will be bad for the local economy. "

    It's about the new far reaching federal regulations, not riding manatees.

    IMO anyone posting an article from Examiner.com should be given an immediate 10 day suspension. It's just too stoopid to take seriously.
    The Tampa news is absurd! They literally ran a two page editorial how woman should disarm because being a rapes is just one of the natural roles for women - crap like that.

    The dispute in Crystal River isn't about the Tea Party.

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