Petition asks Confederate statue be replaced with Snooty memorial statue

Snooty, beloved manatee dies

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla.  -- A new online petition is asking lawmakers to remove a Confederate monument and be replaced with a memorial statue of the world's oldest manatee in Bradenton

Organizers say they would like to see the statue relocated to a museum and replaced with a statue of Snooty the Manatee. They claim the statue represents a negative symbol of racism and oppression and should be 'out of everyday public eye' and a more 'positive symbol' should take place.

The petition was set up the same day that Snooty died from what the South Florida Museum is calling a "heartbreaking accident." Snooty was the world's oldest-known manatee. He died at 69.

If you'd like to sign the petition, you can do so here

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