Report from Taiji: December 5
Lies and more lies.
dolphin molestersThe dolphins spent the night under spot lights and with the movement of guards patrolling in the hills. It must have been a difficult night for these marine mammals after having been forced into the Cove and witnessing the massacre of 43 of their family members.
As the sun began to appear, their torment began anew. Six were removed and sent to the pens in Taiji harbor. These six will join those to be taught that the way to receive food – dead fish – is to do tricks to the satisfaction of sadistic marine animal trainers the world over. Another 36 were brutally slaughtered and the remaining 25 or so were pushed back out to sea. Of these, one was a baby and another was a juvenile. Both had lost their mothers to captivity or slaughter and will now die of starvation. They fought against leaving their mothers and stayed behind in the waters near the Cove.
It has been a month since any dolphins were released. Perhaps the molesters are feeling the heat of all the calls and letters and decided to not be so stupid as to kill the whole family unit as they have been doing. Perhaps the pressure from our photos of dead babies has caused them to rethink that practice too. These men are pathetic though. They have no compassion and no understanding when they doom the babies to a horrible death. I could be charitable and call them ignorant, but their lack of concern (forget the reverence they claim) is clear on their faces. They relish the blood and the money.
The dolphin molesters in Taiji have stated that they now kill the dolphins in a “humane” manner which is quite unlike the way the murder is depicted in the movie The Cove. Their spokesperson was proud to tell us that they have learned to quickly kill the dolphins and that there is no blood. What a lie! Watch this video and tell me this is humane. Carefully watch the molesters’ hands as one repeatedly forces a long spike into the back of a dolphin and then as another drives a wooden stake into the hole. Watch how that dolphin thrashes about during this so called quick and humane slaughter. It took well over 20 minutes before the dolphin quit thrashing, but you will only have to watch a minute or two in the film. Others were drowned as they were pulled by their tails under the tarps or drowned when they became entangled in the nets in a panic driven attempt to escape. Where are the humane standards? Oh yeah, I almost forgot, we are in Japan where marine mammals are routinely killed without care.
Stakes driven into dolphins back on December 5th
Video credit: Rupert Imhoff (3 minutes)
Dolphins dragged by their tails to slaughter on December 5th
Video credit: Rupert Imhoff (2 minutes)
However, we want to thank 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 frontlines 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 International Marine Animal Trainers Association ( IMATA) conference is happening 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.
tricks for food
Sea Shepherd volunteer Libby Katsinis, who was here in Taiji as a Cove Guardian in November, has returned and will be taking over as the official Sea Shepherd representative in Taiji because Elora and I have to leave this week. Libby will be here until early March 2011.
Today, there are 13 Cove Guardians in Taiji. We have to say goodbye to Kim and Garrett in the morning, but Lisa, Karl, and Nicole joined us today.
Mike, Lisa, Kim, Martyn, Karl, Libby, Scott, Mia, Thomas, Rupert, Elora, Nicole
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 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 Guardians Martyn, Karl, Mike, and Nicole are also keeping blogs.
Future Cove Guardians, Carolyn, Bob, Janice, Len, Tara, Tim, and Marley, Carisa, and Mike 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.