I really hate even the thought of using a Miley Cyrus “quote”, but I came across this and it really bothered me! People really don’t know. I find it is amazing how we as humans usually don’t think about what pulling an animal from the wild (it’s home) and keeping it as a “pet”, does to it. Look at the ignorance in this “quote”… I mean, we just don’t think about all of the coral reefs being destroyed so that clown fish can swim in a bowl, The tropical birds taken out of forests, the list goes on and on!! This really has nothing to do with my post today, just something I found and wanted to rant about!
Today everything from leaving the harbor, to driving dolphins in, to slaughtering, to butchering happened within 7 hours total. When we got there they had a pod and were on the horizon. We sent out the word for good energy and filmed as the horror on the horizon went on. The police came at about 8am. The whales were still fighting! They had fought coming into the funnel and then fought for almost two hours with the boats. It was magical watching them outsmart the molesters and appear on the other side swimming for their lives! But then a greedy *insert swear word(s) of choice here* would find them and trap them again!
While this was going on, I spotted Private Space up on the hill. Tarah wanted a picture with him, so we walked up to him. I told him that he is very famous in the U.S and my friend wanted to take his picture, keep in mind Private Space understands English- he just doesn’t use it. Next to him was one of the younger molesters. He was probably all of 22. We are told that the younger boys that are being roped into this don’t want to be killing dolphins, but it is their dads telling them to, they can’t say no to their dads!
So I walked face to face with him, and squatted like he was. I said a lot of things, and it seemed like Private Space was translating some stuff I said, though probably twisting my words. My main point though was, “Are you sure you want to go down this path? You are still really young, you could do so much with your life, but instead you are choosing a “career” which will lead to people screaming and calling you a molester and a killer for the rest of your life because you murder dolphins. Are you sure you want to walk down that path!?”…. I think he was either upset by the camera, or understood a little of what I was saying… because his lip started to quiver and he kept moving his face away from me. Now making someone cry was never on my “bucket list”, but if it will possibly make him reconsider what he is walking into, I think I can live with myself.
By the time I was done trying to reach out to this young guy, they had trapped them. Within twenty minutes someone came on the radio and said that the gutting barge was moving into place. Rupert said he was standing with some of the younger molesters and they said that they were pilot whales and they had ten of them. I really don’t think those guys want to be doing this, I feel really bad for them honestly.
The Mayor came to the Cove today. It was the first time I saw him there since we have been here. I went up and asked him what brought him to the Cove today, he laughed in my face and his translator told me that I could only speak in Japanese to him, the translator said this in English! I came up to him again, politely saying excuse me in Japanese, trying to get his attention. The translator said only speak Japanese to this man, I told the translator that I was saying excuse me in Japanese and he still was ignoring me! Then the mayor jumped in his car and they both drove away. I found out later that he was campaigning to stay in office. Is this really the kind of mayor you want Taiji? One that runs away from a 17 year old girl? That spreads shame to all of Japan? It’s just something to think about when you are re-electing!
My dad and I went up to the mountain pass that over looks the Taiji Harbor and the entrance to the Cove. We watched the gutting barge and filmed that. We filmed the butcher house stairs. I got some really nasty blood shots of the innocent lives that were swimming around freely not eight hours before that. It all just doesn’t make any sense.
Now about writing and calling the embassies! A lot of people are asking if that really does work. IT DOES! Please do not stop!! The government is really feeling the pressure and the embassies are getting VERY frustrated. Seriously, keep it up. We can be here and we can keep eyes on the Cove, but actually everyone who is calling and writing to the embassies and their governments everyday are the people doing the most! We need to get a law changed. And if we can change it in famous Taiji it will change all over Japan. So when all you haters ask why here, not Denmark etc. Well it is because you have to start somewhere, and Taiji is very famous now. My dad says it is like the loose thread on a sweater, once you pull it just enough, the whole thing will unravel.
For the Animals,
P.S I am putting today’s pictures on my Public Facebook. You can still access it if you do not have a facebook account. It is on my side bar under blogroll. I am researching building my own website so I can have un-limited photos. I have maxed out my allowed amount for this particular blog site! Those will not be up until tomorrow though, I am out of space on my hard drive, and having to build folders on my external, while editing. It is just taking forever! But I will edit those while I wait for the boats to come back in tomorrow. So nothing will be on the facebook page tonight. 🙂