Report from Taiji: December 2
There was good weather in Taiji today.
The molesters went out this morning, but soon came back. The winds and seas are favoring dolphins. This great weather may last a day or two. We can all hope.
A news station reported an interesting piece today. We are told that the Taiji town council has passed a new law that came into effect on December 1. Supposedly this law makes crossing one of the barricades they have erected (in a national park) in order to limit access to where one can see and film their shameful acts an offense punishable by a fine up to 50,000 yen. Supposedly this law is to apply to locals as well as foreigners, but we have seen how the police treat locals very differently from foreigners. I doubt we will see any local violators pay a fine. There will be local violators for sure because the restricted area is a prime fishing spot. Now it may be worth paying 50,000 yen for the right photograph, but the same news piece adds that foreigners who violate this ordinance will be deported.
We will have to find out if it is true that such a new law exists. If it is true, we will then likely have to publish photos we have in our archives of what happens in the forbidden areas. We all know what happens. We know that dolphins are tied by their tails and often thrash about until they drown. We know that other dolphins are punched, struck, and held underwater (remember they have to breathe air just like us) in order to be subdued for capture and subsequent transfer to entertainment parks. We know that others are pushed into shallow water and even into rocks where they are paralyzed. They are then dragged by their tails out to the gutting barge where they are killed by having their entrails removed if they were not so “lucky” to have drowned on the way. We know that the molesters act with callous efficiency and show no reverence or concern for the lives they take. We know that whole family units are slaughtered and removed from the ecosystem. We know that babies are shown no mercy. We know that the Taiji dolphin molesters do not want you to know what they do, and now we know that the Taiji town council wants to hide it from you as well. There is no honor in Taiji.
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 government, 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 tomorrow in Boston. 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.
We know that we are making an impact. The Japanese press is now talking about the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. That is new. Trolls are getting more active on the comment sites (including Japanese media sites) and are desperately claiming that we are not making a bit of difference. Methinks they protesteth too much. All of the calls, e-mails, and letters to the embassies are piling on the pressure. It is working.
Mike joined us today and Rupert has returned. There are now six Cove Guardians in Taiji. Elora and I will return to Taiji tomorrow to make eight. The molesters try and try, but they cannot hide.
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 email@example.com. We will get back to you, but please be patient. We cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer email at the same time. Contributions to Sea Shepherd to keep our official presence here are needed and welcome. These contributions cover costs 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
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
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