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Anthropocentrism

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{Nature_and_Environment.27.1}: {wotan} Sun, 05 Sep 2004 16:32:57 CDT (0 lines)
{erased by wotan Sun, 05 Sep 2004 16:33:22 CDT}

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{Nature_and_Environment.27.2}: Glen Marks {wotan} Sun, 05 Sep 2004 16:35:17 CDT (108 lines)

Will whales soon need hearing aids?:

Richard Roshon


Sunday, September 5, 2004



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Ruling in thrill craft
case may doom humpbacks
in the waters off Maui

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Throughout the 1980s the Department of Land and Natural Resources
held meetings in Lahaina in reference to Jet Ski and parasail
activities operating in the shallow protected offshore waters of West
and South Maui -- the prime mating area designated as a marine
sanctuary for North Pacific humpback whales.

Hundreds of people -- residents, fishermen, marine organizations,
visitors -- attended these meetings faithfully.

Our goal was simple; we wanted a complete ban of all thrill craft,
not a partial ban.

We wanted a complete ban to protect reef ecosystems, bait fishing
grounds and a clean water environment. Over and over again, I brought
to the attention of officials at these meetings, "If thrill craft
activities are not completely eliminated, like a disease they will
come back to haunt you."

The result was a 1991 law banning commercial thrill craft such as Jet
Skis and other high-speed boats in waters off of south and west Maui
from Dec. 15 through May 15, when an estimated 5,000 humpbacks
migrate to Hawaiian waters to breed, calve and nurse.

Fast forward to July 2004 and U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki
Mollway decision deeming the annual five-month ban on thrill craft
unconstitutional. I deem this judgment an insult to nature.

Mollway's decision resulted from a challenge to the law by UFO
Chuting of Hawaii and Kaanapali Tours, two parasail boat operators on
Maui whose businesses have been shut down every winter by the
seasonal ban. If the state of Hawaii does not appeal this ruling,
thrill craft will operate throughout the year, opening the door for
other companies.

Then not only will the sightings of whales, porpoise, dolphins and
green sea turtles become rare, but our reefs will suffer as well as
water quality.

Much of my younger life was spent living on board a sailboat on the
offshore water of Maui. In the early 1950s, from November through
May, North Pacific humpback whales and their young would lie
peacefully and undisturbed throughout the day along the fringing
reefs of South and West Maui. Those are my memories of the past.

With the introduction of thrill craft, the offshore waters of Maui
came under an everyday assault of continuous noise and fuel
pollution. There are volumes of documents written in reference to how
noise affects humans, such as high blood pressure and stress.

Whales and other marine mammals are 20 times as sensitive to sound as
humans. So multiply the engine noise you hear by 20, and see how that
bothers you. And consider the fact that the oceans are the world's
largest echo chamber, where sound travels five times farther than it
does in our atmosphere.

To preserve and protect our natural resources, people must speak out
against this court ruling. Don't sit on your okoles and say, "How can
they do that?" For they are you, because you did nothing to stop this
assault. Do something now; it only takes a few moments to e-mail or
make a phone call. It only takes a few moments to protect a natural
habitat that has existed since the beginning of time.

If thrill craft are allowed to run during the winter months, I
predict that offshore sightings of all marine life will cease in the
years to come. If they are allowed to run at all, then implement the
ban from Nov. 1 through May 15, instead of Dec. 15 through May 15.

I will be submitting letters to more than 150 newspapers and
magazines urging people to speak out against lifting the ban on
thrill craft. I urge everyone take the time to express your concern.
Email friends and ask them to forward their concerns to the governor,
legislators, the DLNR and the newspapers.

If this ban is not reinstated, Maui will be known for its unconscious
feeling toward nature. I will certainly make sure of that.

It is embarrassing what is happening to marine ecosystems throughout
Hawaii.



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Richard Roshon, a veteran kayaker and whale watcher, is a
photographer, author and lecturer on marine life. He lives in
Lahaina, Maui

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{Nature_and_Environment.27.3}: Glen Marks {wotan} Sun, 05 Sep 2004 16:36:27 CDT (2 lines)

(I posted the above article because the link to it doesn't seem to be
working.)

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{Nature_and_Environment.27.4}: Tom Elliot {telliot} Mon, 06 Sep 2004 17:45:57 CDT (HTML)

I wondered. But what are your thoughts on the matter?

As someone who lives on Maui I can tell you that this is a contentious issue here. If it ever came to a vote the jetskis and parasailers would lose big time.

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{Nature_and_Environment.27.5}: Nancy Davison {nmdavison} Tue, 07 Sep 2004 14:44:40 CDT (6 lines)

That's good to hear, Tom. We had a problem in Alaska with ski-dos,
and I doubt they'd ever lose, or that it would ever even come to a
vote, for that matter. Here in Oregon it's the quads that buzz
around on the sand dunes and over the roadless areas in our quickly
disappearing forests. I guess no matter where you are there are
idiots who have no regard for the environment.

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{Nature_and_Environment.27.6}: Glen Marks {wotan} Wed, 08 Sep 2004 18:05:02 CDT (9 lines)

My thoughts on the matter?  I agree with Kundera:

- Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply
buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at
its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a
fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem
from it.

Milan Kundera

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{Nature_and_Environment.27.7}: Dan Raphael {dravazed} Wed, 10 Aug 2005 19:29:24 CDT (HTML)

Crop King Monsanto Seeks Pig-Breeding Patent Clout By Carey Gillam

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Monsanto Company, already a world powerhouse in biotech crops, is shaking up the swine industry with plans to patent pig-breeding techniques and lay claim to the animals born as a result.

We're afraid that Monsanto and other big companies are getting control of the world's genetic resources.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0810-04.htm

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