Report from Taiji: December 1
The dolphins won today.
locals routinely ignore the barricadesThe molesters went out and harassed a pod of dolphins. They had them pushed to the headlands at the entrance to the bay and were only a few hundred meters from the Cove. The dolphins disappeared. They swam far, fast, and deep. The molesters hunted and hunted, but finally had to give up. It was a good day in Taiji.
Elora and I spoke today at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo. Without a whole lot of notice, over 40 journalists showed up. After Elora and I both spoke, there was time for questions. The word is getting out. Even when the press speaks negatively about Sea Shepherd or the Cove Guardian campaign, citizens are hearing about the issues. However, not all of the press coverage is negative. Things are happening here.
Later in the evening, we met at a hastily called brainstorming session with about two dozen local animal rights activists. They came to meet Sea Shepherd and to share ideas on how best to address the issues impacting the oceans, including the dolphin and whale slaughter. It is likely this group will come together again and set to work.
Thank you to the citizens of Japan who are weighing these issues and beginning to take a stand to solve them. Thank you to everyone who is on the front lines of this war. This is a war to save ourselves from ourselves. Without your calling and writing Japanese embassies and your own governments, there will be no change. Keep it up! Every time dolphins are pushed into the Cove, let them have it. Every time there is blood in the water, let them have it. Make good consumer choices. Inform everyone you know about the tragedy here and how it is linked to the captive dolphin trade. All who patronize a dolphin show have blood on their hands.
The annual IMATA conference begins in Boston on December 3. The captive dolphin industry is the economic engine driving the slaughter and torment in Taiji. Remember that friends do not let friends patronize dolphin shows.
Here is your opportunity to become a Cove Guardian. To join us (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you, but please be patient. We cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer e-mail at the same time. Contributions to Sea Shepherd to keep our official presence here are needed and welcome. These contributions cover the costs for transportation, telephone, equipment, supplies, food, and lodging for the official Sea Shepherd representative. We will remain here through the end of March, and will return for the next season in September 2011.
For the oceans,
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Cove Guardians: Kim, Martyn, Mia, Thomas
The Blog Log:
My daughter, Elora Malama West, has been with me here since day one and keeps a blog of her experiences.
Current Cove Guardian Martyn is also keeping a blog.
Future Cove Guardians, Carolyn, Bob, Mike, Janice, Marley, Tara, Carissa, Karl, and Tim have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.
Here is a video about the killings made by a Japanese couple. There is a Japanese version and one with English sub-titles.
Main Entry: mo·lest
Function: transitive verb
1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute esp. with hostile intent or injurious effect
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.