The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have expressed an interest in a number of lighthouses that have recently been excessed or are in the process of being excessed.
One of the lighthouse stations they have expressed real interest in is the Grand Haven South Pierhead Inner and Entrance Lighthouses where they would like to set up a Fish Empathy Project. Basically, they would like to see people stop fishing and stop eating fish. However fishing is a major part of the economy in the areas where the lighthouses are.
We received a number of letters and emails from readers objecting to PETA obtaining ownership of a lighthouse. However, since we have no control over the decision making process on who or whom will receive ownership of a lighthouse that is being excessed. Instead, people should send their letters direct to the Secretary of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 or to Regional Director, National Park Service, 1100 Ohio Dr. SW, Washington DC 20242.
Once a lighthouse is excessed, local communities and legitimate non profits have a right to apply for ownership of a lighthouse under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. However there are strict deed requirements to be followed by whom ever gets ownership.
As well as the Grand Haven Pier Lights in Michigan, other lighthouses now being excessed include Waugoshance Lighthouse, Michigan, Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse, Wisconsin, and the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse in Wisconsin. Hopefully, with the exception of Waugoshance Lighthouse, we hope the local communities will apply for ownership of these lighthouses and then work in partnership with local historical or preservation societies to care for them into the future.
This story appeared in the
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