Excerpts from Emails about proposed law against swimming with wild Dolphins:

Below you will find Sample Letters you can Copy/Paste, print and send."

Whaling ALERT!!! Please click here to help stop possible legalization of Whaling. Important Post: 8 May, 2002
Good News!

Hawaii's state representative, Paul Wyland supports our rights and feels the proposed amendment to the Marine Mammal Protection Act to make it illegal to be closer than 50 yards from dolphins as absurd and impossible to enforce. His office spoke with the Hawaii office of the National Marine Fisheries Service, N.M.F.S. who told him that the letter response from the community was weak and therefore they (N.M.F.S.) was going to open the response time, "currently with NO deadline" to receive the letters.

In light of this News, I encourage everyone to write and send a letter or another letter, letting the NMFS know your views on humans and dolphins being able to interact. Please pass on this information to those you know who are interested in preserving our freedom to maintain the valuable connections we have with dolphins. This is a national issue, not just one affecting those who live in and visit Hawai'i.
Thank you!
End of Post: 8 May, 2002

Many of us who have been aware of the situations arising to the latest control measure of the NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service to supposedly "protect" dolphins from human "harrassment," feel it quite ludicrous that they are proposing a law against human/dolphin or cetacean interaction, when they allow up to 100,000 dolphins to be killed each year by the Tuna Industry and still have it be "O.K." for the "Dolphin Safe" label to be on the cans of Tuna. With all due respect, where is the care in that and what's really going on? If the NMFS really cares that much about the welfare of dolphins, why aren't they out there doing something about the masses of them being killed each year? I am all for treating cetaceans with sensitivity and have shared appropriate etiquette with many, many people though, I hardly feel some humans in a boat or swimming near dolphins comes close to causing the hellish experiences brought on by the Navy, Tuna and oil industries. It really looks like another petty grievance brewed up to erode another freedom, one we've always had. There have been some humans who have done some insensitive and mean things to dolphins though, they are an exception. When "facts" are brought forth regarding human/dolphin interactions, it is glaringly obvious that often, the dolphins are interested in being with us as much as we are with them. And, like humans, they have their days and moments when they don't choose to interact. It's that simple.

Below are some thoughts from others and some letters you can copy/paste, put your Name/Address on and mail to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to arrive by April 1, 2002. Thank you for your energy and attention...

1) Dolphin Intention Law
2) Freedom of Choice for Humans and Dolphins to be Together


1) Dolphin Intention Law

From: Douglas Webster/Cetacean Nation, Iamdolphinus@aol.com
Date: 5 March, 2002

As part of the resonance of that experience I have been getting some very powerful 'hits' about the current NMFS debacle that further assaults the personal freedoms of not only humans, but cetaceans as well.

This morning, for example, as I lay in my bed on the lanai listening to dawn birds bring in the day, it occurred to me that the only way to possibly deal with such a power as the military/industrial complex, one must use one of the oldest self defense technique known. That is the manipulation of the Chi so as to direct the power back upon itself. In this case, the 'soft spot' of the beast is at its very epicenter. The heavily guarded and completely shrouded concept of "Freedom of the People" is that spot. In our case we also have the freedom of the dolphins [whales] at stake. The larger scenario shows how this military/industrial complex seems to have made a concerted effort in these past 50+ years to totally wipe out the Cetacean race on this planet. The reason is unclear but may just now be revealing itself as part of the greater battle for consciousness on this plane of existence -- but that's another story. That effort continues today with the modern threats of weapons and technology that creates and pours even more sonic assault and pollution into the most vital aspect of the biosphere: the Ocean and it's most sublime sovereign residents, the Cetaceans.

Now, NMFS, the same agency that has granted the Tuna industry the right to kill up to 100,000 dolphins per year and still maintain the "dolphin safe" label for their cans; who has granted the US Military the right to "take" a lucrative number of Cetaceans, either as collaterally damaged casualties of weapons testing and use, or captive slaves used as actual weaponry; and who has permitted the oil industry to banter around at will just off the shores of the US and use piercingly loud seismic testing equipment and explosives to intrude anywhere they can find an oil deposit, with little or no regard to surrounding sea life, to now tell us that they are gravely concerned about the well being of a handful of dolphin pods off the shores of Florida and Hawaii and their possible harassment by the growing interest from humans who are wanting to have interaction from dolphins who have shown themselves to be just as curious about us!

While there are countless stories of people having a positive experiences from their encounters with free swimming dolphins, the NMFS agency chooses to focus all their attention on the few isolated cases where stupid humans, those uninformed or just intoxicated at Spring Break, have done something that has put a dolphin at risk. Here on a local level, they have invested $1million to beef up 'law enforcement' to monitor the behavior of humans to see if harassment is taking place. This instead of putting it into such things as informational programing or some other positive awareness campaign that would enlighten rather than intimidate potential offenders. We both know that this is certainly not unique to just government agencies. But that's a whole other story. Eh?

So, my thinking is this. We should use what little time is left between now and April Fool's Day (somebody in the planning office is having a good time) to organize and launch a letter writing campaign that will attempt to do what our efforts for LFAS did in staving off the permit to the navy. This issue of our personal freedom is the keynote to rally signatures from those who are not already aware of the human/cetacean connection that exists, but are subliminally ready to accept it as noted by all the media programing that has slipped through into the mainstream: i.e. the recent Yahoo.com spot with a talking dolphin and last year's movie, Castaway with America's sweetheart actor, Tom Hanks. I see other TV spots with whales and dolphins all the time. It's already out there, Larry, all we have to do is connect the dots!

So, I'm asking for your help in solidifying and implementing such a campaign through the Internet and into the mainstream media with all the creative input you can muster. I've identified the launch date as: March 15. Remember, "Be Aware the Ides of March" slogan than popped into my head two years ago related to the Cetacean Celebration visionary event? It's perfect! That gives us plenty of time to line up the dominoes, buddy. This is a great wave to surf! Momentum is already there. Let's do it! Whattya say?

Be Well and Swim Free,
Love,

dolphinus
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I Am Dolphinus
THE CETACEAN NATION WEBSITE!
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2) Freedom of Choice for Humans and Dolphins to be Together

From: Nancy Sweat/Dolphin Journeys

Dear Friends,

I must enlist your help on a very urgent matter! The freedom of choice for humans and dolphins to be together is threatened. A new regulation prohibiting dolphins and humans interacting has been put in motion by the National Marine Fisheries Service. They are in the public opinion phase of passing a FEDERAL law prohibiting dolphin and human interaction. They have already done this with the whales, keeping us 100 yards away from them. Now they are asking for legislation to keep humans 50 yards away from the dolphins in all U.S. waters. HELP! This is harassment of us humans who the dolphins love to be with. If we don't at the very least "raise our hands" and speak out against the proposed regulation by the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), they will pass legislation that will make the very "intent of swimming with dolphins", illegal. If you are curious to read the proposed law, go to the Federal Register and look under Jan. 30th, 2002 Advance Notice of Proposed Rule (ANPR) #67FR4379:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot_res/MMWatch/MMViewing.html

I personally disagree with all their recommendations. I have never believed they could actually get this far with such ridiculous ideas. Especially given the 100,000s of dolphins they sanction to be killed by the Navy, Tuna and Oil industries.

Please copy one of the example letters below, or write your own, sign your name plus your address. Put it into an individual, stamped envelope mail it to NMFS and your Congress people and Senators. SEND IT OUT before March 27, 2002.

I hope you can find the time and energy to take some action to preserve our personal rights and sensibly address the interest of people wanting to be with free-swimming dolphins all over the world. I sincerely believe that the dolphins are just as much interested in us as we are them. As you know from your own experience, a new level of understanding of ourselves and Planet Ocean is available in the dolphin and whales messages.

Write your Congress people and Senators as well. If this gets to that level, we need them to be fully informed of our desires: they represent us. They need the facts and to know you stand for our civil liberties and freedoms to share the ocean with our Mammal friends.

Thank you for your time and consideration, I urge you to act by sending in your letter and encouraging everyone you know to do the same. Please send this email to every interested person in your distribution list. Below are 3 examples of letters, short & long versions. Feel free to send one of these or draft your own.

Aloha,

Nancy

Big Island ~ Hawaii
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EXAMPLE LETTERS: To be mailed to:

Chief
Permits Section
Conservation & Education Division
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

CC: Senator Barbara Boxer Senator Diane Fienstein To Whom it May Concern:

I strongly object to the current NMFS proposal #67 FR 4379 of Jan. 30, 2002, for regulations prohibiting human-dolphin interaction in the open ocean.

Sincerely,

NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, POSTAL CODE

A citizen for safe and sensible human-dolphin interaction.

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Example # 2



Chief Permits Section Conservation & Education Division Office of Protected Resources National Marine Fisheries Service 1315 East West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910

To Whom it May Concern:

I strongly object to the current NMFS proposal #67 FR 4379 of Jan. 30, 2002, for regulations prohibiting human-dolphin interaction in the open ocean.

There is no actual scientific evidence in support of such a proposal. There is no way to enforce such a law, no matter how stiff the fines.

Instead, I am in favor sensible guidelines and professional certifications, similar to the SCUBA industry. This is worthwhile activity that can be safely managed on a local level, can favorable affect concerns of dolphin harassment and create an educational opportunity to support the ocean life we all care so much about.

There are many favorable reasons for human and dolphins to interact. Foremost the desire the dolphins have, through all time, to be in the company of humans by riding the bow of ships, rescuing a human in the ocean and their willingness to come be with humans while swimming in the ocean. A human swimming can not harm a dolphin. Dolphins' ability to out swim, swim to any depth and avoid human contact, as it chooses, is obvious. Secondly, on an economic basis, the Whale and dolphin watching industry is important to the challenged tourist dependent communities of the United States, where such activities is a primary attraction. Trust me, the interest will not disappear, but the tourist will go to countries that welcome the whale and dolphin adventure tourist.

Please consider the value of educational programs and professionally sanctioned supervision as the viable alternatives to your proposed methods of restriction and enforcement.

Thanks you for your time and consideration in the important issue.

Sincerely,

NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, POSTAL CODE

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****LONGER VERSION EXAMPLE*****

Chief
Permits Section
Conservation & Education Division
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Dear NMFS:
I strongly object to the current NMFS proposal #67 FR 4379 of Jan. 30, 2002, for regulations prohibiting human-dolphin interaction in the open ocean.

There is no actual scientific evidence in support of such a proposal. There is no way to enforce such a law, no matter how stiff the fines. There are many more concerns of significant importance, currently under your jurisdiction, much more dangerous and harmful to the cetaceans (dolphins, whales & porpoises) that need to be addressed.

Of utmost concern to those of us familiar with the Cetaceans, are the current sanctions approved by the NMFS that allow for the massive killing, harassment and enslavement of hundreds of thousands of Cetaceans every year. NMFS permits wholesale slaughter by the Tuna Industry. NMFS has sanctioned "takes" of many hundreds of Cetaceans by the US Military in weapons testing and use and subsequent slavery of certain varieties of dolphins being used as actual weaponry. NMFS allows the unbridled onslaught by the Oil industry using piercingly loud seismic equipment (louder than LFAS) and explosives with little or no regard to surrounding sea life. NMFS should examine its own role in these, by far, more critical issues facing Cetaceans and their survival from the unbridled assault by this military/industrial complex.

If the intention truly is to protect the cetaceans, you need to look at the current practices under your jurisdiction. These need to be reviewed immediately and steps need to be taken to cease these horrific sanctions.

I am emphatically opposed to the NMFS proposed regulation to prevent interaction of humans and free-swimming dolphins in US waters. Is it your intention to foster an abomination of personal freedoms held in the highest regard by the United States Constitution? There are far more affective ways that we can combat dolphin abuse than the creation of regulations.

The proposed regulations appear to separate humans from the dolphins/porpoises/whales. It is my experience that separation breeds apathy and ignorance, paving the way for the cetaceans' continued abuse. I am very concerned and protective of the dolphins. Dolphins, porpoises and whales are a valued resource of the ocean and our world and have the right to living free of harassment and infringement of their lifestyle. I offer a solution, allowing safe human/dolphin interaction. If the NMFS agency is sincerely interested in addressing the problem, consider some of the following as noteworthy examples of how to enlighten, as opposed to intimidate, potential offenders who may carelessly be placing dolphins at risk:

- Clear and factual information flow through public forums and media. - Dolphin-swim Certification programs approved by a non-governmental agency such as the Humane Society, the Sierra Club or PADI scuba certification. - Professional Associations of guides, boat operators and rental companies who can self-regulate such programs. - Promotion of positive information about the nature of dolphins and their behavior that will serve to encourage respect for their environment and domain. - A public accessible database fully supported with government funding that will act to encourage positive and factual information rather than the current system of police intimidation being proposed by this NMFS regulation.

These are but a few of many constructive ideas that are already available and will serve the greater need for understanding and respect of the Cetacean race by humans and more importantly may help to preserve the most precious resource known to us: Planet Ocean.

Here on the South Kona coast, our community has long suffered from the strife of economic struggle and even more so since the disaster of last September. The majority of our community relies upon the continued interest and patronage of tourists wishing to share in the beauty of our land and oceans and it is well known and accepted that a certain portion of those are being attracted to this area specifically for the opportunity of swimming in proximity with the curious Hawaiian Spinner and Spotted dolphin pods who have been interacting with humans on a regular, safe basis for nearly two decades. As a community we are faced with the critical issue of how to safely manage the human and natural resources for our future well being.

Yes, the increased numbers of these people and their potential impact on the dolphin pods is at issue and can be addressed with positive ways of managing safely this burgeoning interest. If such a thing is made illegal, it will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the already weak economy of our community that has come to rely on the local tourist business, everything from housing and food to every level of retail and tourism, generated by that raising interest. History has shown we can educate the public far more effectively than policing it .

I am clearly in favor of achieving a balance to deal with the ever-increasing numbers of tourists wanting to come to this area for this unique experience and preserve the continued safe interaction between curious humans and curious dolphins. I see the dire need to address this consistent trend of interest and guide it in the most sensible, positive ways that provides abundance for the community yet still maintaining safety for the local dolphin pods. Ignorance is the number one danger we face.

This latter position can be attained with clear directives and sound judgment on the part of NMFS. Let the local professionals, those most qualified to make informed decisions and willing to participate in reasonable self-regulatory practices, decide what is the best solution for our unique situation. These known professionals who are sensitive to both the dolphin's concerns and those of people, are already well established in our community, some of them for many, many years, and stand ready to assist in this process if only given the opportunity.

So far, NMFS has rejected, out of hand, any proposed guidelines or practices suggested by these professionals, not only here, but in Florida as well. EDUCATION vs. regulation is my recommendation!

We are committed to creating alternatives to your proposed regulation, and ask that you please consider this education and certified professional supervision course of action as the most viable choice for the sustained well being of our communities of people and dolphins.

There are many, many of us in the community who stand ready to assist in this process, if given the opportunity, and look forward to working with NMFS and local state authorities to institute such programs for the mutual benefit of its citizens and tourists.

Sincerely,

NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, POSTAL CODE

A citizen for safe and sensible human-dolphin interaction.



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