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October 18, 2010

Report from Taiji: October 18

It was a good day in Taiji this day.  The dolphin hunters went to sea, but came back early.  The wind began to pick up which must make it very difficult to see dolphin at the surface.  I wonder how much money they spend each time twelve boats leave port.

Nancy, Scott, Victor
Nancy, Scott, Victor

The weather forecast for the next week calls for fabulous conditions.  We can expect high winds, rough seas, and rain.  It may just be a dolphin free week.  If the hunters do not leave port, then the dolphins are safe.

We had to say good-bye to Annie from Japan this day.  She was only here for a couple of days, but we miss her very much.  Victor from Scotland, and Nancy from Hong Kong have joined Markus from Germany, Elora, and me from the United States as Cove Guardians.  Leilani from the US and Gregg from Switzerland of Save Japan Dolphins are also here.  It is quite the international experience.

The police were not evident today, but I did learn that the Mayor of Taiji has agreed to meet with me in the presence of Japanese media before the elections in November.  The exact date has not been set.  I will be happy to address any questions the Mayor may have about our presence here.

Elora and I will be staying in Taiji until our visas expire on December 10.  If we are able to raise the funds, Sea Shepherd will be in a position to keep a representative here until the season ends on March 31.  We already have commitments from volunteer Cove Guardians to keep coverage well into February.

It is the Japanese government who allows the dolphin hunt, capture, and slaughter to occur in Taiji and elsewhere in Japan.  National law allows for hunting permits to be issued locally.  Prefecture level authorities issue the permits.  It is the law that needs to be changed.  If dolphin molesting is outlawed, then the so-called fishermen will have to find something else to do with their time.

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 in Taiji.  To join us (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to me at inform-us@seashepherd.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,

Scott West
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.
Future Cove Guardians Tarah , CarolynLeah, and Steven have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.


 
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