Today there were more lives lost at the Cove… 10 incredibly beautiful Risso’s dolphins were killed this morning, after putting up a valiant fight in the killing cove.
Once stationed at the cove after having seen that all boats were out from Taiji Harbour, there was little time before we saw one of the banger boats darting in straight to shore… the answer for his speedy actions came to us only moments after- when we saw about 8 banger boats… then saw the dolphins.
There is always that hope, whenever we spot a pod amongst banger boats that they will be able to free themselves- to somehow just swim between or under the boats, out toward the infinite ocean once more… it is crushing to have that hope fade away time after time, as the banger boats work tirelessly to ensure the entrapment of these animals… Some of the men on these boats have been doing so for years- they know exactly how to manoeuvre their vessel in order to snare the dolphins, and push them toward the killing cove. They are experienced dolphin hunters and killers… how that came to be a profession forty years ago I cannot fathom- the person who stood up and thought it was a good idea to slaughter dolphins should absolutely be ashamed… it also seems all to coincidental, that the beginning of dolphin slaughters coincides with the boom of the captive dolphin industry- it is to these hunters that I will now address.
It has come to my attention that a few of the dolphin hunters regularly read my blog posts- as well as the posts on the Sea Shepherd website. So I hope that some of the information- opinions, pleas and comments made here by myself, as well as many others, are read by these hunters… I hope that the photos of the baby dolphins haunt them- I hope they take on board what we try and tell them about the transition that Taiji is in a position to make… From a dolphin’s worst nightmare to a dolphin sanctuary…
I am not here to break the law. I understand that I am on Japanese soil, amongst Japanese people, and I have the utmost respect for them. I do not intend to behave aggressively- although this approach has worked for different people on different campaigns in the past, I feel that this is not the right approach to have here in Taiji. I am committed to seeing this slaughter end… so for that reason I have to watch my actions here, and focus on what will stop this in the long run.
I am here to create the much needed awareness about the dolphin slaughter, as well as trying to get through to all Japanese people about what is going on. The thing is- we all know that if everyone in the world knew all the details about the slaughter, that there would be a whole lot more uproar and media attention than at this present time… and quite frankly- the slaughter would cease to exist instantaneously. It is only a matter of time- the word is getting out, and fast.
We need help to spread the awareness, however. So please, let all of your friends, relatives, acquaintances… anyone know about the slaughter here in Japan… Direct them to sites that will be useful in educating them on the problem, and tell them to spread the word also!
Anyone is also very welcome to join us here at the cove- to help stand up and be heard for the dolphins… just head to Sea Shepherd’s website to find out how.
To help spread the word, I have set up a Facebook, so please tell your friends- you can add me here;
Thank you all, once again, for your support…
Hope for no dolphins tomorrow…
On the path to protect,