Report from Taiji: November 1
The police check out the new Guardians
The marine forecast had called for gale force winds, but those were not evident. When we left the hotel this morning to head to the cove, we feared the worst. However, the dolphin hunting boats were all snug in the harbor and it turned out to be a beautiful day in Taiji.
The meeting with the mayor of Taiji occurs tomorrow morning. It is clear that he called this meeting in response to the worldwide pressure that is befalling Japan because of the shameful activities of the dolphin molesters here. Sea Shepherd has no intention of debating with the mayor, negotiating with the so-called fishermen, or agreeing to any compromise. The solution is simple: end the insanity of the hunt.
The most significant aspect of this meeting has already occurred. It occurred in the lobby of our hotel this evening when several minds, including some from Japan, agreed that we have a common goal in ending the hunt and that we can work together to achieve that goal. This lobby meeting would not have occurred but for the mayor of Taiji having called for a simple meeting with an old man from Sea Shepherd and his daughter.
I provided a statement and questions well in advance of this meeting; however, the Taiji mayor has failed to do likewise. What am I to think of this man when he does not honor his side of the agreement? Here is what he was provided:
Sea Shepherd is committed to seeing the end of the harassment, capture, and slaughter of whales and dolphins throughout the world. Japan is the major offender, but shares the dishonor with Norway, Iceland, and Denmark. The activities of a handful of men in Taiji stain the reputation of the entire nation of Japan. Sea Shepherd will remain in Taiji to document these activities until they are stopped.
To the Mayor of Taiji:
1. When will Taiji end this shameful behavior and what do you envision for the
future of Taiji once the harassment, capture, and slaughter of dolphins has ended?
2. How can Sea Shepherd, my daughter, and I help you in moving Taiji forward in a positive way?
Tomorrow morning will be like every other morning has been for me since we arrived over seven weeks ago. The Cove Guardians will travel to the Cove to see if dolphins are imprisoned there, and we will cruise through the harbor at Taiji town to determine if the dolphin molesting boats are in port. If the hunters are out at sea, then we will take up our positions to capture their return on film. If the weather has kept the boats in the harbor, then we will attend the meeting at 10:00 am.
Cove Guardians are making a difference, but that difference would not be possible if you all were not keeping up the pressure on the Japanese government. We will continue here for the rest of this season and will be back next September should the dolphin season begin anew. Being a Cove Guardian is direct action you can do, and in doing, you will make a difference and change your life.
You can help. Spread the word, send donations to the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian campaign, join in the Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day on November 5, avoid all travel to Japan except to become a Cove Guardian with us here in Taiji, make good consumer choices regarding whether or not to purchase Japanese products, and ensure that you do everything you can to keep the pressure on the Japanese authorities. It is unfortunate that the reputation of an entire nation is being tarnished by the evil and shameful deeds of a handful of men and women in Taiji. To join us (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you, but please be patient. I cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer email at the same time.
For the Oceans,
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Click here to learn more about the 5 November 2010 Worldwide Anti-Whaling Day.
The Blog Log:
My daughter, Elora Malama, has been with me here since day one and keeps a blog of her experiences.
Current Cove Guardians Rex Ray and Rosie and Dinielle are also keeping a blogs.
Future Cove Guardians Tarah , Carolyn , Leah, Steven, and Carrie and William have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.