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October 22, 2010

Report from Taiji: October 22

Taiji whaling boats
Taiji whaling boats

It was yet another good day in Taiji today.   Just like yesterday, high winds and waves kept the dolphin slayers in the harbor.  The forecast remains the same for the next several days.  We do love this weather.  The best reports we can make from Taiji are the ones where we say the dolphin hunters/slayers stayed in port.

There are now two coastal whaling boats in Taji harbor.  They re-positioned the boats this morning which might indicate that they will soon leave port to wreck horror and misery upon the gentile whales that frequent these waters.  It may be that we will soon be reporting on the deaths of whales in addition to the deaths of dolphins.  Taiji claims to be the birthplace of whaling in Japan and is one of the last vestiges of that ignoble enterprise.

Victor and Nancy will be returning to Hong Kong tomorrow.  We have enjoyed their company and very much appreciate their having joined us.  Fortunately, they did not have to witness a dolphin hunt, capture, or slaughter while they were here.  Perhaps none of us will have to see that again, but I know that it is only a matter of time before the dolphin slayers of Taiji resume their shameful activities.

Left alone, these so-called fishermen will not stop what they do.  Obviously, they are feeling the pressure otherwise the Mayor would not want to meet with us.  Japanese media is now keeping the dolphin hunt in the news.  We had another TV cameraman from Tokyo following us around this morning and they will send a crew down to cover the meeting with the Mayor.  No, this insanity will only end when the government of Japan changes the laws and prohibits the molestation of whales and dolphins throughout Japan and by Japanese crews in the far seas.

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 in Japan, like it is in the modern and civilized world, then the so-called fishermen will have to find something else to do with their time. They should starting looking for new jobs now.  There are only a couple of countries that allow wholesale harassment of marine mammals.  It is a shame that Japan, Denmark, and Iceland continue to hold onto such barbaric ways.

Elora and I will be staying in Taiji until December 9.  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 and are counting on Cove Guardians to stand with Sea Shepherd here through the end of March 2011.

The dolphin hunting and slaughter season in Taiji runs until March 31, 2011.  It picks up again on September 1, 2011.  We are confident that Cove Guardians will answer the call and come join us here this year, but for those who cannot come this year; start making your plans for next year.  This is working and if we continue our presence long enough, the laws will be changed.  When that happens, Japan can take a respectful place among the nations of the world.

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.
Current Cove Guardian Rex Ray is also keeping a blog.
Future Cove Guardians Tarah , CarolynLeahSteven, and Rosie and Dinielle have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.

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Nancy, Victor, Rex, Scott, Ron
Nancy, Victor, Rex, Scott, Ron


 
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