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November 25, 2010

Report from Taiji: November 25 (new video)

The Taiji dolphin molesters killed four or five more dolphins today.

Scott and the policeScott and the policeThe molesters found four dolphins yesterday near shore.  Those they killed.  They found four to five more today near shore and they killed those also.  Everyone was killed.  I wonder if the second group were members of the same family killed the day before.  Perhaps they had remained in the area in hopes of finding their lost family members.  Tonight, they are all together in the Fishermen’s Union (FU) market.

The brutality we witnessed today exceeds even the horrors we have seen before.  Two of the dolphins were driven in fear head long into the rocks.  One dolphin was then secured by the tail, and as it thrashed about in a vain attempt to breathe, the molesters just ignored it.  The dolphin must have drowned.

The other three to four dolphins were driven further into the Cove and were all eventually hung by their tails.  The ones who did not drown, were paralyzed, and all were transferred to a larger boat for transport back to the butcher house in Taiji town.  They either drowned in transit or died when their bellies were ripped open.

Brutality on November 25th

This sequence of still photographs taken by cove guardian Thomas Gainard
documents the brutal torture of dolphins before they are led away to be butchered
click on video to pause (3:30)

Carrie had all she could stand and jumped in the water.  Amidst the angry cries of the molesters, police, and coast guard she swam out to the net.  One of the molesters moved his skiff towards her and held up a sign.  Eventually the police took to the skiff and confronted Carrie in the water, forcing her to swim back to shore.  She was swimming from a public beach and at no time did she cross the line yet they treated her like a criminal.  I was there when she emerged from the water and made sure that the police did not bully her.  One of the supervisory cops decided to yell at me and I stared him down.  Having been a senior law enforcement officer myself, I was not going to be intimidated by this guy.

Carrie swims on November 25th

Video credit: Sea Shepherd (4:15)

What is wrong with this place?  Why does the law in Japan protect vicious and brutal men while harassing a woman who swims from a public beach?  Why does the law in Japan allow the destruction of the seas?  Overfishing is a huge problem here and few, if any, are acknowledging that fact.  Almost every civilized nation on the planet protects marine mammals, and yet Japan considers them pests and puts their welfare below that of a few jobs.  When will Japan wake up and see the danger and the insanity in these policies?  Japan is a country that has so much going for it and to whom much of the world looks for guidance.  Why does it squander its good will and allow itself to suffer the shame and condemnation of the world?  It could end tomorrow if the government in Japan were to see its way clear and enact laws to protect the oceans.  Japan could emerge as the leader of Asia, if not the whole world, in ocean conservation.

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 too does their government.

The annual IMATA conference begins in Boston on December 3.   The captive dolphin industry is the economic engine driving the slaughter and torment in Taiji.

Here is your opportunity to become a Cove Guardian.  To join us (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk) in Taiji, write to us at coveguardian@seashepherd.org.  We will get back to you, but please be patient.  We cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer e-mail at the same time.  Contributions to Sea Shepherd to keep our official presence here are needed and welcome. These donations cover the costs for transportation, telephone, equipment, supplies, food, and lodging for the official Sea Shepherd representative. We will remain here through the end of March, and will return for the next season in September 2011.

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 and Steven are also keeping blogs.
Future Cove Guardians Carolyn, Bob, Mike, Janice, Marley, Tara, Carissa, and Karl have started blogs about their endeavors.
The Taiji Dolphin Action Group blog.
Here is a video about the killings made by a Japanese couple.  There is a Japanese version and one with English sub-titles.

Legal Dictionary
Main Entry: mo·lest
Pronunciation: m&-'lest
Function: transitive verb
1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute esp. with hostile intent or injurious effect
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


 
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