I’m having a really hard time trying to figure out what to say. But that’s usually my best writing. But still, forgive me if this sounds harsh, or scattered. I’m trying to rise above ignorance, but it’s about time I state what I think about this whole situation more in your face than I usually do. I’m very upset right now. I’m done with the ignorance that all these people in Taiji, in the Japanese government, and even some travelers from around Japan seem to be made up of. Why is the government and people allowing this small group of doltish and vile men to contol a huge section of the Japanese government? While both the police and government back them up! They have brainwashed all of the Japanese people. Now when locals or travelers talk to us they don’t understand why the media is making us out to be criminals. The police are now in a awkward position allowing us to walk freely, because they know everything the public has been told are lies. And they are reminded every time someone complains that we are still walking freely.
There are too many layers to this story. And it all comes down to one group of men, who need to be stopped. Who the heck gave them all the power? —
Everything started this morning at 3am. My dad had been up since 2:30. I got up and we prepared all of my SDcards and batteries. We were out of the hotel room and on the road by 3:40 on our way to Shingu to pick up Sandra and Dwight. I don’t think my dad and I said ten words to each other. The quiet said everything. I was so scared to witness something absolutely dreadful and know that there was nothing I could do to stop it. I’ve never seen death on a large scale either.. so I didn’t know how I was going to react to that. All I knew was that I had to document everything I could… for you guys. Hopefully to inspire people to come down here and help put a stop to this. We need more than four people causing a scene.
Once Sandra and Dwight were in the car, it was the same story. No one had anything to say. Maybe a few things here and there, but that half hour car ride to the Cove was pretty silent. It was now 4:40. And still pitch black out…. walking into the park area we spotted one fishermen who must have been on guard duty all night… Sucker!…
It was so scary walking down those stairs, we didn’t know if more were waiting in the dark under the trees, and no police were here yet. So we sat down in a lightly lit, by the street light, area. And waited for sunrise. Some aquarium people showed up with a group of fishermen at 5am. The fishermen who were involved with the slaughter today started arriving at about 5:15 in their boats. By 5:30, the aquarium people were taken back to shore with nothing. The Pilot Whales were not good enough for them. They had been banged up all night swimming in the shallow water. The aquariums were saying that they were not involved with the slaughter. Well today that was proven wrong. They knew exactly what was going on. And it is all on film. It was slaughter time now.
They must have beached the Whales before the slaughter because the water never turned red… but we know it happened. By 6 they were driving out boats with giant piles of tarps that the fishermen were sitting on. Their catch for the day. It was now confirmed that the Whales were dead. Sandra and I both just went numb. There were many things I wanted to do. Cry, scream… and almost laugh at their ignorance. But I couldn’t show any of that. I was too shocked and disturbed………. You’d have to be completely heartless to kill something that is so intelligent and magical. And it makes me sick to know that they don’t see that.
We sat around for another twenty minutes, watching them picking up the nets. Dwight and my dad had walked onto the hill to see if they police thought it was safe to swim now. Dwight and I wanted that footage of the bloody beach.. but we didn’t want to break the law. Then our job here would be over. They started yelling for us to come up onto the hill…. Sandra and I grabbed our stuff and booked it up the hill…. I thought we were being arrested. Or at least my dad was.
When we got up to the top of the hill, we saw around the corner, on the other side of the Cove…. and giant boat with tarps hanging around it. And a even bigger ship like boat, was dragging the dead Whale off of the tarp covered floating tomb. We got footage of that too. By 7:20 everything was done, even bringing the meat into the slaughter house… which I have footage of too. That is a shot of it in the picture above.
This is what brings me to my rant. I came here for my senior project. To study food, daily-lifestyle, and culture… and how that ties into the killing at the Cove. Well it all does. But the part that makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time is this so-called “culture”. It’s freaking bull shit! If this were culture, they would be…
1. Doing it out in the open for everyone to see.
2. They would not be filming our every move.
3. They wouldn’t try to intimidate us to get us to leave…
4. They would not be hiding everything! They transfer would not have been under a tarp… they wouldn’t stand in front of our cameras… and they wouldn’t be doing it in the Cove.
5. If this were culture, they would be treating the animal with respect, even if they were killing it. Reverence for the animals.
6. They wouldn’t be driving in thousands each year, with boats that have giant metal pipes they bang on to drive them in. They would go out and hunt them man and spear in the wild, it would be personal. I’m not trying to say that is still right… I’m stating the difference.
7. This hasn’t been going on for 400 years. Not like this. You really think they would still be doing this if they didn’t make money? Maybe… but maybe like one a year like the people up in Alaska.
8. It’s all greed. All those magical creatures look like to them is money.
9. The fishermen actually told Richard O’barry that if the world found out, they would be shut down.
10. It’s all shameful. And they know what they are doing is shameful.. that’s why they hide it. That’s the worst part.
— This is just how I reacted to today… and I think it’s important to put it out there.
Thank you for the support everyone. I love you all! And videos will be up on youtube throughout my day. So keep checking.
For the Animals,