Our Klamath Basin
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own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Florica hurricane victims may not rebuild
because of endangered mice that don't live there
Pacific Legal Foundation 11/8/07
everyone agrees that when an animal species is genuinely
endangered, it should receive a reasonable level of protection.
But the real peril today is to the rights of property owners, as
this case from Florida tragically illustrates.
When Hurricane Ivan slammed into Florida's Panhandle in September
2004, virtually every home on the island of Perdido Key was
damaged or destroyed. That was bad enough.
But now Perdido Key property owners have been told they may never
be allowed to rebuild.
We need your help to fight this outrage.
The trouble started last year, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service decided to dramatically expand critical habitat protection
for the "endangered" Perdido Key beach mouse--with little regard
for the impact on the human victims of Hurricane Ivan.
As a result, the mice are living like kings, and the
hurricane-ravaged homeowners they displaced have become the
island's new endangered species.
But Pacific Legal Foundation is fighting back for hard-hit Perdido
Key property owners. And the officials who perpetrated this land
grab are staring down the barrel of a federal lawsuit.
"The government took advantage of a tragedy to essentially
confiscate these people's property," says Valerie Fernandez, a PLF
"What's so outrageous is that federal officials targeted my
clients' homesites as ‘critical habitat' even though there is no
evidence of beach mouse presence there."
"Your Rights and Mine Could Be Next"
"Big Government is on a rampage," warns PLF President Robin Rivett.
"This case is only one example."
"If the rights of these ordinary Americans can be trashed," Rivett
contends, "your rights and mine could be next."
"No one has a better track record than PLF when it comes to
stopping Big Government's outrageous abuses of power," he says.
"Our staff of attorneys is second to none. But we depend on your
support to help us fight for the rights of all Americans."
Thank you for your generous response. I'll keep you posted on the
latest developments in this case--and together we will put a stop
to out-of-control Big Government.
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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