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November 13, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 13 (new video)

An entire family wiped out…another family escaped, this time

November 13, 2010November 13, 2010The molesters went out this morning, but did not have to go far. They quickly found a pod of dolphins and half their boats drove them into the Cove. The other half of the fleet sat out guarding another pod. That pod managed to elude them, so all of the molesters returned to port. They wasted no time and set about slaughtering the entire family. No one was spared, and 14 dolphins died in the Cove in Taiji, Japan on this day.

Even though the molesters go to great lengths to hide what they do, we again obtained photographs and video of them hauling dolphins onto the gutting barge and then up into the butcher house. But we also have even more disturbing video of what happens just before the dolphins are killed. I have not seen anything this cold and callous before.  These men have no respect for the dolphins they kill. They have no culture or mercy.  May they receive mercy in their despicable meaningless lives to match the mercy they show to these dolphins.

Dolphins dragged by their tail fins to their deaths on November 13th

Dolphins dragged by their tail fins to their deaths . Video credit: Big Gunns (3 minutes)

In this video, you will see dolphins bound by their tails, desperately trying to take a breath. That breath they struggle so hard for is one of their last. Imagine the terror.  In this video, these dolphins are among the last to be dragged up onto the beach to be dispatched. This means that they have been watching and listening, as their family members have been so killed. Now it is happening to them. Near the end of the video you will see the molesters working to free a now dead dolphin from the nets. That dolphin attempted to flee, but drowned entangled in the nets.

The amount of shame and dishonor these men bring to the entire nation of Japan is beyond belief. How can this nation allow these men to continue to act this way? How long will the civilized world allow this to continue? Is trade so important that other nations are willing to turn a blind eye? What would President Obama say if he were to view this video?

In addition to Japanese companies, find out which companies support the dolphinariums.   Contact those companies and let them know what they are supporting and how you feel about it. Let your conscience be your guide on whether or not you will buy from them.

If you are in Boston in early December, let these molesters know what you think about them. Get their photographs so the world can be shown the faces of those who drive the slaughter and imprisonment. The annual IMATA conference is in Boston this year.

Keep up the barrage on your own governments and the embassies and consulates of Japan the world over. Every time dolphins are pushed into the Cove, let them have it. Every time there is blood in the water, let them have it. Do not grow weary for you are being heard. Together we will see an end to the slaughter of whales and dolphins in Japan and by Japanese crews the world over.

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 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. Contributions to Sea Shepherd to keep our official presence here are needed and welcome. I am the current official Sea Shepherd representative and will be replaced by Michael Dalton when I leave on December 9, 2010.

For the Oceans,
Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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Back row: Dinielle, Tarah, Glenda, Scott, Matthew, Rosie, Big Gunns. Front row:  Rupert, Elora, LibbyBack row: Dinielle, Tarah, Glenda, Scott, Matthew, Rosie, Big Gunns. Front row: Rupert, Elora, Libby

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 Tarah, Heber, and Rosie and Dinielle are also keeping blogs.
Future Cove Guardians CarolynStevenBob and Carrie and William have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.

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