This morning we headed into Taiji at 5:45am. The weather was starting to look trecherous, and we were hoping that the dolphin molesters would not leave port. By 6:30 it was obvious that this was not going to be a hunting day in Taiji. The visibality out in the sea was next to none. There were whitecaps in the ocean; imparing the molester's ability to spot dolphins, and the wind had picked up considerably. The dolphins rejoiced in life today!
I'd like to say a word to those who believe that this is a racist campaign. Many are under the impression that Sea Shepherd is Anti-Japanese, that we aim to boycott the country as a whole. This is not the case. We are simply against the cruel and inhumane slaughter of the ocean's cetaceans. Speaking for myself, I am an animal rights activist and abhor cruel treatment of any animal in our world. Just as we disagree with cetacean slaughter in Japan, we also campaign against the seal slaughter in Canada, the slaughter of Pilot Whales in the Faroes, and finning of sharks in China. There is no racism here. We will protest any nation that is home to cruel treatment of ocean life. We have a love for these creatures and aim to protect them.
Our encounters with Japanese people within the town of Kii-Katsuura and Taiji Town have been largely positive. Through my travels to our hotel, out to restaurants, and on the train I have experienced very pleasent conversations with most Japanese individuals. Just today some of us Cove Guardians had a positive conversation about the dolphin slaughter with two young women from Tokyo. We enjoy the company of Japanese people.
What we simply cannot understand is why the Japanese Government and the people of Japan allow 26 dolphin molesting thugs to shame an entire nation. It is time for the Jpanese people to take a stand against this cruel and barbaric slaughter of dolphins.
For The Oceans,