maandag, 22 november 2010 14:14

Report from Taiji: November 22


The weather kept the Taiji dolphin molesters in port today.  It was a good day in Taiji.

captivecaptiveIt was once believed that the oceans were too large to be impacted by human activity.  It was once possible for humans to live peaceably with the oceans while still extracting some fish for sustenance.  There was a time, before technology, that fishermen could not catch enough fish to endanger their species’ survival.  There was a time when there were fewer humans on the planet.

Those days are behind us.  There are simply too many humans on the planet for each to participate in “cultural or customary” consumption of seafood.  Technology now makes it possible to wipe out entire species.  Pollution and other human activity are changing ocean chemistry.  The destruction of our oceans is killing us all and along with human climate change are the significant threats to our survival on this planet.  This is an earthling crisis, not a European, North American, or Asian problem.  What will you do to ensure our collective survival?

Show this video of a “happy dolphin” to your friends who like to patronize dolphin shows.  Think of this when you visit the annual IMATA conference in Boston.

the killing covethe killing coveThank 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.  Not only do the molesters want to hide from us, but so to does their government.

We can use more Cove Guardians.  To join us in Taiji (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to us at  Please note that this is a new address. 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.  We will remain here through the end of March and will return for the next season in September 2011.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Happy Dolphin on November 22nd


Video credit: Thomas Gainard (:45)

William, Carrie, John, Scott, Elora, Thomas, Yumiko, TakashiWilliam, Carrie, John, Scott, Elora, Thomas, Yumiko, Takashi

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 Carrie and William and Steven are also keeping blogs.
Future Cove Guardians Carolyn, Bob, Mike, Janice, and Marley, have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.

Here is a video worth viewing. There is a Japanese version and one with English sub-titles.

Legal Dictionary

Main Entry: mo·lest
Pronunciation: m&-'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.


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