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October 31, 2010

Report from Taiji: October 31

Storm ravaged barricade
Storm ravaged barricade

It was raining pretty hard when we left for the Cove at 6:30 this morning.  There was also a little bit of wind, and the seas were not calm.   As we had hoped, we found that the dolphin hunting boats remained in port on this day.

Back at the Cove, we found Ric O’Barry standing watch.  He and his son Lincoln O’Barry are here for the meeting with the mayor on November 2.  We have been told that approximately 50 media representatives have registered to participate in Tuesday’s meeting.

Reporters are beginning to show up in Taiji.  One told us today that our continued presence here has created a discussion throughout Japan.  Apparently, Japanese people are asking themselves if dolphin hunting is worth the condemnation Japan is experiencing on the world stage.  I do not blame them and would be asking the same thing if I were a Japanese citizen.  Japan has so much to offer to the world, and there is clearly a natural beauty here as well as a cultural beauty.  It is true that the dolphin hunting, capture, and slaughter cause a shameful stain on Japan’s reputation and it is unfortunate that Japanese leaders do not end the hunt.  Japan will be so much richer once it ends its destruction of whales and dolphins.

We had to say good-bye to Cove Guardian Ron Ball today.  He left knowing that his presence here made a difference.  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.  Discussion that not too long ago would have been inconceivable is now a reality.  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 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 Guardians Rex Ray and Rosie and Dinielle are also keeping a blogs.
Future Cove Guardians Tarah , CarolynLeahSteven, and Carrie and William have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.


 
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