Protect Reef Wildlife

The potential veto of SB1240, a bill to protect Hawai`i reef wildlife, comes at a perfectly ironic time, as the Hokuleʻa basks in accomplishment, bringing it’s message of hope and Mālama Honua home. Meanwhile, the current Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Suzanne Case, claims that it is “premature to consider a ban before more studies are done.” Why should anyone listen to the very agency that has failed for decades to evaluate the environmental effects, neglected to collect data or use precaution when allowing commercial aquarium trade and trafficking of reef wildlife in Hawaiʻi.

Now is not the time to wait and see but the time to leap to action in the hopes of protecting local Reefs from further degradation. Many Senators and Representatives have evaluated this measure and decided that it is sound. Many passionate organizations and individuals have labored to ensure that this becomes law now. We all need to stand together and let our Governor know that we support this law so he can say no to the forces that are asking for a VETO. Contact Governor Ige today!! Go to the website: governor.hawaii.gov (select the contact tab & select comment on legislation SB1240) Or call : (808) 586-0034.

Lisa Hinano Rey

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