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November 21, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 21

For once, I end my day with hope.

returning boatreturning boatThis was the third day in a row that the dolphin molesters set out to destroy dolphins and yet returned to port without any.  It was a good day in Taiji.

They will prowl again and again though before this is over.  Many hundreds (perhaps thousands) of dolphins will have to die or be sold into slavery before it ends.  This problem will not stop tomorrow, nor will the dolphin molesters stop on their own accord.

The solution will come from within Japan and it will come.  Because Cove Guardians and others have been here, more and more Japanese are learning of the issue.  Their awareness will start a movement which will end the capture and slaughter of dolphins and whales in Japan, by Japan.  The pressure everyone is keeping on Japan through the embassies and other avenues will encourage the minds of political leaders.

An educated Japanese couple traveled down from Tokyo today to meet us.  They told us how just three months ago they were unaware of the problem and now, because we have been here every day, they are active in bringing awareness and change.  This is very encouraging.

Carrie and Thomas standing vigilCarrie and Thomas standing vigil

Japan has the brain trust, the academic institutions, the technology, and the history to be the world’s leader in marine conservation.  Pollution, over fishing, and wanton destruction of ocean wildlife are worldwide phenomena and worldwide problems.  All life on this planet depends upon healthy oceans.  This is not a West versus East or US versus Japan issue.  This is about the future of each and every one of us and whether or not we will survive.  I have hope this evening that in due time, Japan will take its place as the leader in ocean conservation.  I just hope that it does not come too late.

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

Thank 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 (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to us at coveguardian@seashepherd.org.  (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.  I am the current official Sea Shepherd representative and will be replaced when I leave on December 9, 2010.

For the Oceans,

Scott West
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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