Report from Taiji: November 2
Scott West surrounded by mediaThe dolphin hunting boats stayed in port today. Perhaps the mayor of Taiji showed good faith in preparation for our meeting.
The meeting with the mayor of Taiji, and other officials, was not in itself very productive. However, the fact the meeting occurred is significant in that it indicates that the worldwide condemnation against the Taiji dolphin hunt has their attention. Also, the gathering of media in Taiji this morning and later on at the Cove was unprecedented. Unlike in years past when the dolphin hunters were able to do their deeds hidden from worldview, they are now exposed to the light of day every day. And it is not just the world outside of Japan that is watching. More and more Japanese people are taking notice of the activities in Taiji and are asking questions.
Japan is an advanced nation. It has the history and the capability to become the world’s leader in marine conservation. The mayor said in response to our questions that he is proud of Taiji’s “honorable and sustainable way of life.” Of course, the mayor is in a difficult position. He is tenaciously trying to hold onto something that is slipping through his grasp. How much longer can the actions of a handful of men and women in Taiji continue to blemish the reputation of the nation?
The Japanese government will soon no longer be able to hide the fact that the oceans are in peril. Once that is accepted, I have no doubt that the nation of Japan will rise to the occasion and take the necessary steps to protect the oceans. Until then, Sea Shepherd will remain on station in Taiji. There is no compromise.
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.