Report from Taiji: December 4
She has got to be kidding me.
Mike, Rupert, Martyn, Elora, Kim, Garrett, Scott, Mia, Thomas ()The weather reports indicated that this was going to be another good day in Taiji, but they could not have been more wrong. The boats went out and it did not take the molesters long to find a very large pod. They pushed them toward the cove and we think some got away.
However; another 80-100 were pushed into the cove and their fate was sealed. The molesters killed 43 today and the others are being held overnight for likely slaughter in the morning. We saw a baby with its mother and another all alone.
There were two Japanese reporters at the cove this morning. It was telling though that neither wanted to photograph the dead and bloody dolphins. The spent their time photographing us and saying that the blood would be “upsetting” to their viewers. You are damn right it would be upsetting. I expect that most Japanese citizens would be outraged if they knew what was happening here. We keep uncovering worse brutality and depravity when we think it cannot get worse. Why is the Japanese media so biased?
One of these reporters interviewed me on camera for TV news. Her line of questioning took us to her assertion that our activities in Taiji are causing stress to the “fishermen” and how that is such an awful thing. I told her that if they are stressed they should find another job and reminded her that we are not breaking any laws. She went on to tell us how our making fun of “Private Space” was hurting him. I could not believe this woman. Really? She wants me to feel sorry for this guy after all he has done to dolphins and to protesters because his feelings are hurt. Something is terribly wrong here and she just is not getting it.
But why I am surprised? I have recently learned about the grievous human rights violations that are legion at the hands of the Japanese criminal justice system. Victims have been hanged and served lengthy sentences for crimes they did not commit based on coerced confessions. Suspects here are presumed guilty and must prove their innocence. This is inconsistent with international treaties that Japan itself has signed. If the Japanese government is going to treat its citizens this way, then it stands to reason that it will treat other creatures with little to no care.
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 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.
Libby has returned and Lisa just arrived at the airport. There are now eleven Cove Guardians in Taiji. More are coming and other groups are saying they are coming too. It is getting crowded down at the cove and that is the way it should be. Let these heartless and cruel dolphin molesters squirm. Let them be “stressed,” but most importantly, let the government of Japan know that the world is watching. Let the citizens of Japan know that they have voice and that we are their allies. Most Japanese citizens know little of this. The very vocal group against us is powerful, but small. There is internal support for the protection of dolphins, whales, and the marine ecosystem and the support will grow as more learn of what is truly happening here.
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
Dolphins brought to slaughter house on December 4th
Video credit: Sea Shepherd (:53)
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, Tim, and Len 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.