December 17, 2010
Report from Taiji: December 17
Although there were no dolphins driven into in the Cove today, those of us here witnessing this horror are always terrified of what tomorrow will bring. While today was a good day, each time dolphins are forced into the Cove, we feel utterly defeated. The support and encouragement of the world that is following us is what gives us the strength we need to continue our fight. For that, we thank you.
If this atrocity is to stop, it will require the Japanese people rising up and taking a stand against it. I am impressed by and proud to know those few that have already taken a stand and are working with us to spread the word to their people. It is because of strong individuals with a passion that this world has ever been able to accomplish anything.
One of the most important things a human being can do is to be aware of what is happening in the world in which they live. Our race has evolved into a species that tends to live blindly and follow the herd. And while there are the few people that take a stand for what they believe in, more often than not they are criticized for having such radical opinions. Time and time again free thinkers are beaten down by society and forced to conform to a lifestyle in which they perhaps do not agree with.
I see this over and over here in Japan; reasonable, educated people who come to Taiji to visit the many hot springs dotting the area and are absolutely horrified when we tell them what happens in the serene body of water that we refer to as simply the Cove. With the worldwide media attention that the Cove receives, how are these people still unaware of what is happening in Taiji? Better yet, for those that are aware, why do they still blindly allow it to happen?
Perhaps living in Seattle, a city known for protesting and individual thinking, has had a reverse affect on me. I simply cannot understand how the Japanese public can stand by while a handful of men in a tiny rural town tarnish their entire nation. Japan is a splendid country that has so much potential. So many of the people I’ve met during my time here have openly told me that they are against the dolphin slaughter. However, in their next breath they say that they cannot publicly admit this or they will suffer the wrath of those that control the slaughter as well as the country.
Here is your opportunity to become a Cove Guardian. To join us in Taiji (voluntarily, and completely at your own cost and risk), write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you, but please be patient. We cannot keep an eye on the Cove and answer e-mails at the same time. Contributions to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to keep our official presence here are needed and welcome. These contributions cover the costs for transport, 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.
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 frontlines 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. Inform everyone you know about the tragedy here and how it is linked to the captive dolphin trade. All who patronize a dolphin show have blood on their hands.
For the dolphins,
Nicole, who will be assisting me during the next three months, will share her experiences while in Taiji on her blog.