Nature’s greatest threat in today’s society is human indifference…
The disinterest of a large majority of humankind to issues affecting both terrestrial and marine environments is in effect, the greatest catalyst to environmental destruction on Earth…
Sitting on top of the cliff overlooking the killing cove of Taiji, Japan this morning as the dolphin hunters herded a large family of Pantropical Spotted Dolphins, I couldn’t help but think- what if there were more than just four of us consrvationists here trying to spread the word of the slaughters to the billions of people in this world right now… Imagine if there were 100, or even 1,000 conservationists here in Taiji… Things would certainly be different. The strategy of putting pressure on both the hunts and the Japanese Government would work so much more effectively if there were more of us implementing it… There is no doubt that this constant pressure indeed works- you need only to spend a day watching the movements of the dolphin hunters to realise this.
Over the course of the 8 or so hours a dolphin hunter would be ‘working’ during a slaughter-day, at least 45 minutes to an hour of his time is spent ensuring that his actions are not seen. Whether this is the covering of the cove with tarpaulins before a slaughter, the implementing of new tarpaulins, nets, signs etc around Taiji Harbour or just the constant need to cover up the actions of the killings during a hunt/slaughter. When you think about it, this one hour or so that the dolphin hunters are busy ever-covering their actions is an hour where they are not hunting dolphins…
Every time the boats leave the harbour, we can guarantee that they will return well before the mid-morning if they have not found a pod of dolphins as they have to factor in the time it takes to slaughter and process the dolphins (the hunts generally finish in the early-mid afternoon, never too late)… Nowadays, what they must also factor in is that time it would take to prepare the cove, tarps, nets, signs, sheets, screens etc etc.. They would have to give up at least half an hour earlier each time they hunt. Therefore, we can physically see that we are slowing down the operations here- but with more people, more tactful pressure, I am confident that we could slow it down much more… Not to mention the significant amount of Japanese taxpayers money that is going into the enforcement of authorities in Taiji (a reported 2 million dollars)
Once again, though, the indifference of humankind is natures greatest downfall. This indifference is everywhere you look, all over the world. There has never been a time more pressing than now to start educating younger generations on the importance of a healthy natural world as their childhoods become increasingly materialistic due to the inventions and products of global companies and businesses of today.
To watch the video footage from today at The Cove, watch the video below..
The thing is, there is becoming less and less time for the marine environment to recover and replenish after its’ absolute destruction- action needs to be taken now on a huge scale in order to reverse the mistakes of the past. For every year that we do not start taking this need for action seriously is another year closer we are to sealing the fate of our ocean widlife and in effect, ourselves.
That is why I am committed to keeping the Taiji dolphin hunts out of the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ category..
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Thanks again for all the support guys (sorry if this blog is a little disjointed! I was soo tired whilst writing it!)
On the path to protect,