WhaleDesk Bulletin - April 2000 (fwd)

From: Mike Williamson (pita@www1.wheelock.edu)
Date: Sun May 28 2000 - 09:09:56 EDT


Date: Sun, 28 May 2000 12:13:36 -0000
From: Graham Clarke <gclarke@magna.com.au>
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From: Dr. Alexandros Frantzis <afrantzis@mail.otenet.gr>
Institute of Marine Biological Resources National Centre for Marine
Research
Agios Kosmas - GREECE.

Unfortunately, we didn't have to wait very long since 1996 (when NATO
LFAS exercises and beaked whales mass stranding occured in Greece).
Some people will say it is too early to speak about possible causes for
the Bahamas mass stranding. Perhaps they are scientifically right and
certainly, we will all wait for the results of the good specialists who
went to Bahamas to collect samples and data. Nevertheless, since the
news seem to confirm that the US Navy was there at the right time and
the right place performing "submarine detection" once more, I would
like to make the following comments:

1) The Bahamas case seem to be one more "atypical mass stranding",
defined as such by the number of different species involved and the
fact that all animals came ashore during a relatively short period of
time, but in different places of the coasts of Bahamas.

2) After the experience of the beaked whale atypical mass stranding in
Greece, a serious effort is made now to collect the ears of the
stranded animals. I would like to mention that if no physiological
damage is detected in the ears, by no means such a finding proves that
underwater sound was not the cause of the stranding. I have to say this
now, because later the Navy could use it as an argument to claim their
"innocence". Although we have no idea of the mechanism that drived
whales and dolphins (exposed to Navy's sounds) ashore, in the past we
formulated the hypothesis that this mechanism could be psychological or
psycho-physiological. We do not know if these animals feel strong pain
or dizziness or disorientation or they just try to avoid the loud,
unknown sounds which possibly panic them. Unfortunately, all this is
very difficult to prove scientifically. And we cannot interview the
stranded animals asking them "why are you here?"

3) Some months ago, in her comments on the Environmental Impact
Statement of the Navy's LFAS program (sent to Marmam), Lindy Weilgart
wrote prophetically the following:

(do you think the omission described below was just a coincidence?
Anyway, it will be difficult to ignore the new Bahamas evidence)

"Most disturbingly, this EIS fails to mention the only open-and-shut
case we do know of which clearly demonstrates an undeniably
biologically significant effect (i.e. death) of LFAS or even noise
pollution in general--the Frantzis (1998) paper in which 13 Cuvier's
beaked whales died in the Mediterranean. These deaths were as
conclusively tied to LFAS transmissions (both in timing of
transmissions and movement of the broadcasting vessel) as is possible
in any natural system. Bear in mind that this was just one case that
happened to have been observed and correlated to LFAS. How many more
such cases happen in the vast ocean or on remote shores that we know
nothing about?

The fact that the Navy in its EIS is assiduously avoiding any mention,
even a citation, of this vital study in the world's most major
scientific, peer-reviewed journal, speaks volumes...."

Let's hope that this atypical mass stranding will be the last and we
will not need other strandings to convence the world Navies that their
games are very dangerous. It also depends on how strong will be the
reaction of all specialists who can contribute towards this direction.
- end.

Stay concerned.
Graham J. Clarke.
gclarke@magna.com.au

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April Diary
Dan Spomer <dano@rockisland.com>

April 3, 2000 - Protestors of the Makah tribe's gray whale hunts took
to the pavement again Saturday. Members of the Peninsula Citizens for
the Protection of Whales blocked the road into Neah Bay for about an
hour after making it a short distance onto the reservation, said Chuck
Owens of Joyce, the groups' co-founder.

April 10, 2000 - As the weather improves and the hunters practice on
the water, the question now is when will the hunt resume. "That's a
good question," said Johnson. "I don't know and I don't think anyone
knows. When they are ready, they are ready, so it's more or less the
same way it was set up last year and I think it's the same way this
year, so it could be any day."

April 12, 2000 - Weather: foggy, cool, with intermittent showers. Ocean
Defense International and World Whale Police patrol boats today report
no unusual activity.

April 17, 2000 - Telephone calls to the Makah Tribe confirm that the
Makah Whaling Commission issued a ten-day hunting permit this morning.
Sources on-site report that Makah whalers are presently on the water,
actively hunting migrating gray whales.

The World Whale Police's patrol boat 'Tiger' was rammed twice by U.S.
Coast Guard vessels, causing undetermined back injury to one female
occupant, a Canadian national. She was removed from the boat via
stretcher, but was not arrested. The boat's pilot, Bill Moss, has been
arrested and transported to Port Angeles for processing. Their boat has
sustained serious damage, and is currently in Coast Guard possession.
Ocean Defense International is currently on scene, with their vessel
"Avocet" being piloted by Jonathan Paul.

3:57pm PST - Ocean Defense International is still on-scene in the
waters off Cape Flattery, and have deployed two jet skis. At this time,
there have been no arrests of ODI crew, but last word received is that
the hunt was "still going on."

Makah go home empty-handed. Ocean Defense International vessel 'Avocet'
returned home safely after monitoring Makah hunting activities for most
of the day. Bill Moss of the World Whale Police is still in police
custody in Tacoma, Washington. His patrol boat 'Tiger' has been
impounded by the Coast Guard in Neah Bay, after being seriously damaged
by Coast Guard patrol boats. Julie Woodyer, the other person present on
'Tiger', was injured in the Coast Guard ramming, and is presently
recuperating from her injuries at an undisclosed location.

April 18, 2000, 6:10am - Reports from both media and on-site activists
indicate that the Makah whaling team is not on the water this morning.
Aerial shots confirm that the canoe (with U.S. Coast Guard "hunting
escort") has not been launched.

April 19, 2000 - Today was quiet, no sign of a hunt. We were visited by
a few news helicopters and the coast guard chopper. The most action was
the amazing World Whale Police's vessel Tiger being towed to Port
Angeles by the Coast Guard. All returned back to port later in the day
- satisfied that the hunt was not going to happen.

April 20, 2000, 1:10pm - The hunt continues. Unbelievably, after the
use of deadly force and serious injury of ODI crewmember Erin Abbott,
the US Coast Guard is still escorting the Makah whaling team out
further to sea. ODI vessels are still shadowing the Makah whalers and
their escort, and vessels from the West Coast Anti-Whaling Society are
enroute from Victoria, BC.

April 21, 2000 - No activity by Makah whalers - ODI vessels on full
alert as they patrol the waters off Neah Bay, activists turn up the
heat on land. Seattle-area media FINALLY starting to ask the hard
questions about the illegal nature of the Makah hunt.

April 24, 2000 - No hunting by the Makah today. Rising wind and an
incoming weather system MAY rule out any hunt through the end of the
week. Regardless, ODI patrol vessels will be out each and every day. It
is being widely reported that injured activist Erin Abbott will be
arraigned in the Federal Courthouse in Tacoma at 2:30pm today.

April 25, 2000, 5:00pm - No Makah whaling activity today. Weather is
extremely unstable, with very heavy seas and high winds. We love it!

April 28, 2000 - No hunting yesterday, none today: the weather has been
foul, and seas running heavy. ODI vessels will be on patrol this
weekend, and we continue to bring as much light to bear on this illegal
hunt as possible.

April 29, 2000 - ODI vessels on patrol today: no activity reported.
Land protest today at 12:30pm. Meet in Sekiu!

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GOOD NEWS FOR GRAY WHALES!

After weeks of tension over the potential outcome of Japan's attempt to
"downlist" gray whales at this year's CITES (Convention on Trade in
Endangered Species) meeting in Nairobi, the vote has been taken. Japan
lost, 63 to 40, with 6 abstentions. i.e. CITES has voted resoundingly
against allowing trade in gray whale products.

The outcome is a huge defeat for Japan & attempts to start commercial
whaling again via the back-door route of convincing CITES to allow
trade in whale products. In this case, gray whales, there are sound
grounds for believing that trade between Makah (Washington State) and
Nuu-chah-nulth (British Columbia) First Nations would follow
downlisting by CITES, with Japan waiting in the background for a wider
market in gray whale meat to open up. For the moment at least, that
threat has diminished, though Makah whalers are getting ready to kill
again.

Snippets from the scene in Nairobi...... Japan's sarcastic behaviour in
the debate offended some delegates; the Czech Republic protested the
heavy lobbying of pro-whalers who had urged some delegations to vote
against their governmental orders (which is possible at CITES, where
secret ballots are cast); the CITES Secretariat performed admirably,
controlling the debate and restricting interventions to 3 minute
speeches; International Whaling Commission (IWC) chairman Michael Canny
helped by requesting that the IWC lead on whale issues, though his
reasoning also carried the message that whaling will likely be
permitted by the IWC again, perhaps as soon as this year's (July)
meeting in Adelaide.

The next hurdle in Nairobi will come when votes on Japan & Norway's
proposals to "downlist" minke whales in 3 oceans are taken. Our fingers
are crossed that the outcome will be the same. We'll certainly let you
know.

Our thanks go to everyone who helped achieve this victory for gray
whales!

CITES REFUSES TO "DOWNLIST" MINKE WHALES

More good news from the CITES meeting in Nairobi... Japan and Norway
have lost all the votes on their attempts to "downlist" minke whales!

Japan lost both of its proposals by a wide margin, and though the vote
on Norway's proposal was close, it fell far short of the 2/3 majority
needed for downlisting. Here are the specific vote counts:

1. Japan's proposal to downlist minke whales in the Southern Ocean, as
ammended by Japan to permit trade between countries with DNA tracking
capability:

   46 Yes (in favor of Japan's amended downlisting proposal) 69 No 4
Abstentions

2. Suriname's proposed ammendment... downlist minke whales in the
Southern Ocean, but with a zero quota until the next CITES meeting:

   47 Yes (in favor of Japan and downlisting) 66 No 5 Absentions 4
votes spoiled

3. Japan's proposal to downlist minke whales in the North Pacific:

   47 Yes (in favor of Japan and downlisting) 66 No 5 Absentions 4
votes spoiled

3. Norway's proposal to downlist minke whales in the North Atlantic:

   52 Yes (in favor of Norway and dowlisting) 57 No 9 Abstentions 2
spoiled

Under CITES rules, the closeness of this last vote means that Norway
can come back to the plenary session on Monday and propose an
ammendment which might persuade some of the abstaining nations.
However, it seems very unlikely that the 2/3 majority needed for any
form of downlisting would be achieved.

This is the 3rd consecutive meeting of CITES at which Japan & Norway's
attempts to open up trade in whale products have been frustrated.
Apparently, Japan was its own worst enemy in the debate, acting with
extreme arrogance, much as it does habitually at the IWC... insulting
Traffic and IUCN, and even attacking the CITES Secretariat for issuing
a report rejecting the proposals.

After the meeting, someone who understands Japanese overheard members
of Japan's delegation conferring. Someone asked, "So, who gets to call
Tokyo?"

Here's our question... when is Japan, i.e. the Japanese government &
especially its Fisheries Agency, going to wake up to the fact that it
cannot bully and buy its way into the resumption of whaling? You'll
see, in another story we'll put out soon, that real changes are
occurring in attitudes of Japanese people towards whales, and we take
encouragement from that. For the moment, until Japan's government
finally follows the lead of its its citizens, we can all take heart
from the fact that whales won five times in Nairobi today!

We thank Dan Morast for relaying these good news stories from Nairobi.

Paul & Helena - http://www.orcalab.org

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____________________Un-sound Tests___________________

NAVY MISLED COURT IN SONAR CASE

Preparations to test controversial system on whales reported underway
in Azores

In interviews with residents of the Azores, Sea Shepherd International
has learned that US Navy scientists have been holding meetings there to
discuss testing of the controversial Low-Frequency Active Sonar (LFAS)
system in the island group, a thousand miles west of Portugal. Two
years ago, USN attorneys persuaded a federal judge to dismiss a legal
challenge to the tests on the grounds that research had been completed
and no further tests were planned. The LFAS system has triggered a
storm of environmental protest based upon mounting evidence that it
causes severe stress in whales and other marine mammals. LFAS
broadcasts been implicated in mass strandings.

The Sea Shepherd International vessel Ocean Warrior arrived in the
harbor of Horta in the Azores on May 17. "We spent two days
interviewing residents and investigating reports that the US Naval
researchers were preparing another LFAS test in the Azores," said
Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd president. "We were told that Dr.
Peter Tyack, one of the scientists who led the LFAS research team in
1998, and Dr. Jonathan Gordon are conducting preliminary research on
the effects of low-frequency broadcasts off the island of Terceira, and
attaching acoustic tags to sperm whales. The Office of Naval Research
has confirmed plans to begin LFAS testing in the Azores this summer,
with high-intensity broadcasts delivering sound up to 155 dB to
targeted sperm whales."

Three previous LFAS sea tests conducted off the coast of California and
Hawaii in 1997-98. They produced law suits, protests, and a public
outcry over the threat the LFAS systems represent to marine life.
Opponents of deployment accused the Navy and the National Marine
Fisheries Service of deliberately ignoring evidence demonstrating that
threat.

Sea Shepherd is a co-plaintiff with Hawaii County Green Party and nine
other environmental and cultural groups in a lawsuit filed last
February to halt the Navy's preparations to deploy the system.

"At 155 dB, the Navy would be impacting whales with sound far louder
than the received levels which caused whales to flee the test area off
Hawai`i during the Phase III testing in 1998," said Lanny Sinkin,
attorney for the plaintiffs. "The Navy illegally spent hundreds of
millions of dollars on this system without completing an Environmental
Impact Statement. It now appearst that they misled the court when they
told a federal judge that research was complete and no further testing
would take place. Based on that representation, the judge dismissed as
moot a law suit challenging the safety of the testing. I have now asked
the judge to reopen the 1998 case and consolidate that case with the
suit filed this past February."

LFAS transmissions were implicated in the mass stranding death of
beaked whales on the coast of Greece in 1996. Last March, 14 whales
from four different species beached themselves in the Bahamas on the
same day a joint US/UK naval exercise was conducting sea tests of
another high-intensity sonar system in the area.

"The Navy is planning full deployment of the LFAS system in every ocean
on Earth at levels in excess of 200 decibels, an intensity of low-
frequency sound practically guaranteed to produce disastrous results,"
said Watson. "From what we learned in the Azores, it's clear that the
Navy has as much regard for what they tell a federal judge as they do
for scientific data and environmental laws."

The Ocean Warrior is en route to the Netherlands, where it will prepare
for a campaign against the mass slaughter of small cetaceans in the
Faroe Islands this summer.

Sea Shepherd International

_____________________News Brief______________________

*Sonar Lawsuit. On Feb. 29, 2000, a coalition of 10 national and
Hawaiian organizations and Hawai'i County Council member Julie Jacobson
filed suit in federal court (Honolulu) seeking to halt the U.S. Navy
from deploying their Surveillance Towed Array Sonar System (SURTASS)
low frequency active (LFA) sonar system. The plaintiffs claim the Navy
is violating environmental law by developing this system before
completing an analysis of the system's environmental effects and that
the sonar system poses a threat to marine life and to human swimmers
and divers. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction to prevent NMFS from
processing the Navy's application for a deployment permit for the
system. [Environment News Service]

Soviet Navy Mammals. In early March 2000, the London Times reported
that Crimean authorities had completed the sale and transfer to Iran of
27 marine mammals (dolphins, beluga whales, walruses, and sea lions)
trained by the former Soviet Navy. [London Times]

Manatee and Sea Turtle Ruling. On Mar. 10, 2000 and in response to a
lawsuit by a coalition of environmental groups, a FL Circuit Court
judge ruled that, contrary to a specific exemption by the FL
Legislature, a FL constitutional amendment gives the FL Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission the right to protect marine species
(e.g., manatees and sea turtles) as well as land animals. [Assoc Press]

Bahamas Whale/Dolphin Standings. On Mar. 15, 2000, seventeen whales and
dolphins of at least four species in three families (dense-beaked
whales, goose-beaked whales, spotted dolphin, minke whales, rorqual)
beached and 9 died in various locations around the Bahamas,
coincidental to U.S. Navy antisubmarine exercises off the northern
Bahamas on Mar. 15. The Navy denies any evidence linking the unusual
whale beachings and the Naval exercises, which did not involve low-
frequency active sonar. However, some biologists consider the large
number of coincident strandings as well as the involvement of several
species highly unusual and probably related in some way. On Apr. 3,
2000, officials of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society accused the
U.S. Navy's Mar. 15, 2000, exercises near the Bahamas of causing whale
beachings and deaths, and called on NMFS to take action to protect
these marine mammals. Sea Shepherd officials announced that they were
planning to file a lawsuit against the Navy and NMFS. On Apr. 6, 2000,
Navy officials responded by letter to the Humane Society, denying
accusations that anti-submarine activities near the Bahamas had harmed
marine mammals. [Assoc Press, Washington Post, personal communication]

CITES. On Mar. 28, 2000, the House Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries
Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans held an oversight hearing on April
2000 meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
(CITES). {On Apr. 15, 2000, delegates to the CITES Conference of
Parties rejected 4 proposals to resume limited trading in certain whale
products. A Norwegian proposal to remove Northeast Atlantic and North
Atlantic Central stocks of minke whales from CITES Appendix I was
defeated by a secret ballot vote of 52-57, with 9 abstentions and 2
spoiled ballots. Norwegian delegates to CITES indicated that Norway may
consider ignoring the CITES trade ban. A Japanese proposal to downlist
Eastern North Pacific gray whales was defeated by a secret ballot of
40-63, with 6 abstentions. The Japanese proposal to downlist Southern
Hemisphere minke whales was defeated by a secret ballot of 46-69, with
4 abstentions and 4 spoiled ballots. A Japanese proposal to downlist
Okhotsk Sea/West Pacific minke whales was defeated by a secret ballot
of 49- 67, with 3 abstentions and 2 spoiled ballots.} {{On Apr. 20,
2000, at the CITES Conference of Parties, Norway offered an amended
proposal, limited to whales taken in waters under national jurisdiction
and monitored by a DNA- based identification system. This proposal
failed to gain the required two- thirds majority, with 53 voting
favorable and 52 against.}} [personal communication, High North
Alliance News, International Fund for Animal Welfare press release]

Dolphins in the Navy. In late March 2000, after 2 weeks in Sitka, AK,
two female Navy dolphins animals were reported to have returned to San
Diego, CA, having performed their tasks extremely well and providing
Navy scientists with a wealth of environmental data during the Northern
Edge 2000 military exercise. [personal communication]

HABs and Marine Mammals. On Mar. 29, 2000, NMFS and National Ocean
Service staff have scheduled two briefings for congressional staff ? in
Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. (morning) and in Longworth House Office
Bldg. (afternoon), Washington, DC -- on the existing collaborative
response network to respond to harmful algal blooms (HABs) and marine
mammal mortality problems associated with these HABs. [personal
communication]

Dolphin-Safe Tuna. In an Apr. 3, 2000 hearing before U.S. District
Judge Thelton Henderson, animal protection groups asked that
modifications to requirements for labeling tuna as "dolphin-safe" be
halted, rather than allowed to take effect on Apr. 11, 2000. These
groups fear new regulations allowing tuna to be labeled as dolphin-safe
as long as no dolphins are observed to have been killed or seriously
injured when tuna are caught by surrounding dolphins with purse seine
nets. {On Apr. 11, 2000, U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson
(San Francisco), in response to a lawsuit filed by environmental and
animal protection groups, blocked NMFS implementation of more relaxed
standards for what tuna might qualify to be labeled as "dolphin-safe,"
saying that NMFS had failed to assess whether the proposed labeling
change would cause harm to dolphin populations. Judge Henderson
concluded that NMFS failed to complete critical stress research testing
of dolphins that were repeatedly captured and released. The ruling does
not alter U.S. action lifting an import ban on tuna caught using purse
seines.} {{On Apr. 12, 2000, Mexican officials called the court ruling
"a great loss for Mexico...not only unfair, but clearly uninformed." On
Apr. 12, 2000, the U.S. Court of International Trade (New York) heard
oral arguments on a separate lawsuit by environmental groups seeking to
continue the embargo on Mexican tuna, claiming that Mexico has not
fully complied with U.S. regulations intended to reduce dolphin
mortality.}} [Seattle Times, Fox New, Assoc Press]

Japanese Whaling. In early April 2000, the Japanese whaling fleet
returned from Antarctic waters, having killed 439 minke whales for
scientific research. [London Observer, Ministry of Agriculture,
Forestry, and Fisheries (Japan) press release]

MMPA Hearing. On April 6, 2000, the House Resources Subcommittee on
Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife, and Oceans has scheduled an oversight
hearing on Sections 118 and 119 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
[personal communication]

Makah Whaling. On Apr. 17, 2000, the Makah Whaling Commission issued a
permit to one family to hunt a gray whale. No whale was killed, but the
Coast Guard arrested a protester and seized his boat, after they
allegedly entered the 500-yard exclusion zone around the Makah canoe. A
total of 5 families have been preparing to hunt gray whales this
spring. On Apr. 20, 2000, an inflatable Coast Guard vessel collided
with a personal watercraft operating inside the Marine Exclusion Zone
and harassing Makah whalers, injuring the watercraft operator. The
Makah whalers had thrown a harpoon at a gray whale, but the harpoon did
not stick. A second personal watercraft was confiscated, and its
operator arrested. [Assoc Press, personal communication, Reuters,
Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

Manatee Lawsuit. On Apr. 18, 2000, a coalition of 18 environmental and
animal protection groups asked a federal judge, hearing their lawsuit
(Save the Manatee Club v. Ballard) seeking to force federal agencies to
give more attention to saving FL manatees, to issue a preliminary
injunction banning the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing permits for
any new boat slips and marinas in coastal waters of 16 FL counties and
parts of 3 other counties until the lawsuit is decided. This action was
taken after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved and the Corps
of Engineers issued a permit for 180 new boat slips in a critical
manatee area. According to preliminary FL data, about 100 manatees have
died in the first 3 months of 2000. [Assoc Press, Save the Manatee Club
press release]

*** This News Brief is edited from the CRS marine mammal summary
provided to the U.S. Congress, by Eugene H. Buck, Senior Analyst,
Environment and Natural Resources Policy Division Congressional
Research Service.

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BREACH MARINE PROTECTION

As we have been reporting to the recent signatories of the World-Wide
Petition in support of the 'Peoples Resolution on the Abolition of
Inhumane Commercial Slaughter of Whales', BMP has finally got the great
whales (and other Cetaceans) onto the United Nations Millennium Forum
agenda. "The Millennium Forum will bring together representatives of
civil society from all over the world to consult about our future, the
future of the peoples of the world -- and, particularly, the role of
the United Nations in confronting the great global challenges of the
21st Century."

The main meeting of the Forum is scheduled for 22-26 May 2000 at United
Nations headquarters in New York.

At this Forum meeting, BMP is calling for the establishment, under UN
authority, of a INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF
CETACEANS (ICCC).

BMP's initiative is summarised in the UN Link 2000 report 'A UN for the
21st Century' prepared by the UNGA-Link UK, and is placed alongside
this Project's recommendations on Human Rights, the Elimination of
Poverty, Peace, Security and Disarmament and Environmental
Sustainability. The summary states:

"A fundamental environmental fact is that human beings share the planet
with other living creatures and that life exists in a web of mutual
dependency. We are outraged by "man's inhumanity to man", and some of
us no less so by the inhumane slaughter of whales for commercial
profit. Over ten million people from forty different countries signed
the People's Resolution to abolish this slaughter of defenceless
creatures in the natural world. Recommendation: The United Nations
should heed the voices of those millions of people and promote an
International Convention for the Conservation of Whales."

For more information, visit: http://www.millenniumforum.org

David Smith - Breach Marine Protection - http://www.Breach.org

_____________________CHOICE'S________________________

Hope is what I cling to, as we all should do...
Without it we're lost forever, like the ocean without the dew...
Words can be our enemy, as well as our best friend..
They can take you to the top, or be what marks your end...
Trust is idealy sought out, but is hard for most to accept...
Everyone has done it, and the loss of trust we regrett...
Love is man's true magic, and it touches every heart...
It give's my life it's meaning, it can give you that needed start...
Faith that begins within you, can reach out across this land...
It's said to move great mountains, with faith I offer my hand...
Wisdom is said to come with age, and it's to my elders I look...
And the one's I have talked to, said killing is a closed book...
Choice's are what this poem is about, these words I apply to what's
right...
I will use them to save our mammals, in hope the world see's the
light...

GYPSY LEWIS <whales13@hotmail.com>

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