|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:53:03 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL, BIOTA: "Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Construction of U.S. Military Airstrip in Japan"|
Center for Biological Diversity News Release July 31, 2014 Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Construction of U.S. Military Airstrip in Japan That Would Destroy Habitat of Endangered Okinawa Dugongs Marine Base Threatens Survival of Manatee RelativeSAN FRANCISCO - American and Japanese conservation groups today asked a U.S. federal court to halt construction of a U.S. military airstrip in Okinawa, Japan that would pave over some of the last remaining habitat for endangered Okinawa dugongs, ancient cultural icons for the Okinawan people. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, is the latest in a long-running controversy over the expansion of a U.S. Marine air base at Okinawa’s Henoko Bay. Preliminary construction on the base began earlier this year.
Dugongs are gentle marine mammals related to manatees that have long been revered by native Okinawans, even celebrated as "sirens" that bring friendly warnings of tsunamis. The dugong is listed as an object of national cultural significance under Japan's Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties, the equivalent of the U.S. National Historic Protection Act. Under this act and international law, the United States must take into account the effect of its actions and avoid or mitigate any harm to places or things of cultural significance to another country.
... For the entire release, seehttp://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/okinawa- dugong-07-31-2014.html
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