My heart goes out to those in Taiji at this moment. Last night before heading to bed I read the most recent update in Taiji. I was shocked. They slaughtered 14 dolphins! I could feel the tears coming as my body turned cold. I know by now to expect these things, but I am never prepared for my reaction to the killings. Like Scott said there is cause for optimism here, as 6 young dolphins were spared, but I can't help but wonder how these "fishermen" can kill so ruthlessly.
I think about those at the cove often. My hope is that we can make a significent difference with our positive influence at the killing site. My departure to Taiji draws near. In less than three weeks I will be boarding a plane to Osaka, making my way to assist Scott and Elora. I will be staying for a duration of 19 days in Taiji. I would absolutely love to assist longer, but my job (at which i've only been employed just over a month) has given me no more than three weeks off. I still believe that my presence there will make a difference!
I'd like to mention another topic in this post, and that is my fundraising efforts. Please understand that I do not wish to detract from the seriousness of this post. That being said, I'm much closer to helping end this slaughter than when I began the journey. Just this morning I attended the first bake sale to raise funds for my trip. It was very generously organized by a wonderful local high school student who cares deeply for the dolphins. It was very successful, raising $140 in just over an hour! Thank you Quinn for your efforts! It is likely that she will be hosting another bake sale "To Save The Dolphins" this upcoming Friday. I commend you for your help!
I'll leave off with thanking everyone again for your generousity. You are all responsible for helping me end this barbaric slaughter. Each and every one of us can make a difference, even if we cannot travel to Taiji. I wish you all the best, and offer my support during this sad time.
For the Oceans,