Report from Taiji: December 3
There was good weather in Taiji today.
The molesters stayed in port this morning because of wind and waves. One of the banger boats put out a fishing pole and went out. A small fishing boat overturned in the waves and the crew was rescued. As funny as it was, we do not want to see anyone hurt. We do believe that using the banger boat for S&R is a far better use than for molesting dolphins.
The foreign press in Japan is reporting that the whaling fleet has headed south. There is nothing in the Japanese press. Apparently, the Japanese press is complying with a black out order on this topic. It is interesting though that the Japanese press is reporting on the departure of the Sea Shepherd fleet from Australia. This is something that is happening half a world away from Japan and yet they will not report on the local fleet.
Rest assured that Sea Shepherd will be waiting for them when they get down there and Sea Shepherd will deal with the Japanese whaling fleet’s illegal activities. The fact that this whaling fleet is Japanese is irrelevant. Any whalers who violate the moratorium, especially those who do so in an internationally recognized whale sanctuary, will find themselves having to deal with Sea Shepherd. Governments should control their flagged vessels and prevent them from illegal whaling and other governments should enforce the rules. When they do not, Sea Shepherd will.
By the same token, Sea Shepherd will remain at the cove. There are about four more months in this dolphin-molesting season. Unfortunately, it is lawful in Japanese waters to harass, molest, capture, and slaughter dolphins. This type of activity would send a violator to prison in most parts of the civilized world. Not so in Japan. For as long as this occurs though, Sea Shepherd will be here and we will document every single hunt, capture, and slaughter. There is nowhere to hide. You want us to go home? The solution is simple: stop molesting dolphins.
The oceans do not have time for a “conciliatory” solution. The scientists and politicians in Japan have known for quite some time that the oceans are in grave peril and yet they have lacked the political will to take action. Action is needed before the oceans collapse. What lie will they tell the people when there are simply no more fish in the seas? What will they feed the population then? We cannot wait. We all must act now or it will be too late.
Thank you to the citizens of Japan who are weighing these issues and beginning to take a stand to solve them. Our visit to Tokyo this week has shown us that more and more Japanese citizens are learning about the plight of the oceans. These citizens are beginning to question their government’s positions and it will not be too long before there are enough to tip the scales. These good people want answers from the politicians who are now getting angry at Sea Shepherd, but are ignoring the real problems.
Thank you to everyone who is on the front lines of this war. This is a war to save us from ourselves. Without your calling and writing to Japanese embassies and your own governments, there will be no change. Keep it up! Every time dolphins are pushed into the Cove, let them hear from you. Every time there is blood in the water, let them have it via postcard, letter, fax, email, and phone. 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 innocent blood on their hands.
The annual IMATA conference is 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.
Garrett joined us today and Elora and I have returned. There are now nine Cove Guardians in Taiji. More are coming.
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 email at the same time. Contributions to Sea Shepherd to keep our official presence here are needed and welcome. These contributions cover the costs for a car, 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
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.