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Shame on you Solomon Islands!

So here it is Monday night, and what I have to say is Shame on you Solomon Islands! Shame on all of you who buy a ticket to marine parks, it is you that keep the captivity programs in business!

“SOLOMON Islands will soon again be exporting dolphins this time to Europe.”

“I have already discussed with my boys and set up a time frame where we will go out to sea sometime mid-February and early March, bring the dolphins in and then have them trained and prepared for the shipment which is expected in June,” Mr Satu said

(Solomon Star news)

The Solomon Islands will start capturing and exporting dolphins sometime in February. You can read the news article here at Solomon Star News.

I am very agitated right now. I was so happy when I heard that Earth Island institute had managed to end the dolphin trade in the Solomon Islands… but it was so short-lived. I’m starting to believe there is no hope. We are human and humans will destroy everything! It’s not the frame of mind I want to be in, and I’m certainly going to keep fighting, but I’m loosing hope. Greed overpowers rationality.

On another sad note, 40 dolphins were slaughtered today in Taiji. It is getting harder and harder for me to be away from the Cove. It’s like an itch inside of me to go back there and help to keep the world aware of what is happening.

Libby and Nicole are amazing! I’m so happy we have such kick butt girls replacing us! I miss you two!

So I’m going to end on a more positive note! This Friday my dad and I are speaking at Huxley School of the Environment’s “Speaker Series”. The information is below. If you live in the area feel free to come! It’s an open event.

Dolphin Capture, Slaughter, and Entertainment industry… 90 days in Taiji.

“Many of us became aware of the horror that is Taiji, Japan from seeing the Academy Award winning documentary, The Cove. Captain Paul Watson dispatched Scott West in September 2010, to set up an ongoing campaign in Taiji which became known as The Cove Guardians. In this presentation, you will see first hand that the slaughter continues and learn how the captive dolphin entertainment industry provides the economic incentive for the slaughter.” 

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Communications Facility 120, Bellingham, WA
Friday, January 21 · 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Far fast and Deep,

Elora Malama West

7 thoughts on “Shame on you Solomon Islands!”

  1. I am soooo disturbed and disappointed i the Solomons…I thought we had an ally when EII and Ric were successful! Obviously not…
    Elora, it is apparent you have a need to get back to Taiji….please be ready on a huge emotional level to go…You haven’t been home for very long…being a teen with your friends and all the things girls your age do..even tho you have grown wiser beyond your years for the horrendous things you have witnessed…I know your Mom and Dad will know if it is time…but you have so many
    friends” out here who care for you and your health..I’m sorry news was not good today..but as they old saying goes…”IT AIN’T OVER TIL IT’S OVER!!
    You are loved!!!
    Murph For ALL the Animals!

  2. When I read the article, I really couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought we made a difference there and finally were headed in the right path in that neck of the woods. I don’t understand what happened concerning the deal that was struck there to stop the hunt. I’m just truly saddened by how humanity has failed and the dolphins will now suffer. $$ truly somehow makes the world go round and is the source of all evil. I’m not a negative person, but man has gotten too greedy. Love, compassion, mercy and respect has been lost. There is only a few of us that hold these precious traits, that to me, is more of a treasure than money. You know, from a religious standpoint, I believe our journey here on earth is a test… to see if we really are worthy enough to receive a higher glory in heaven. If we request for God to show us the mercy, love and compassion we pray for, on behalf of our family and ourselves, shouldn’t be start by showing these qualities here on earth; most especially to sentient creatures? Just a thought…

  3. Elora,

    I see your reaction was the same as mine when I found that article yesterday. I couldn’t believe my eyes either. There are many more articles re: dolphins in that paper. Not sure if this url will post properly but in case it doesn’t, just go to the Solomon Star and use the Search box with “dolphins” as the keyword. There is a string of articles.

    It appears there’s more to the story aside from them beginning the captivity trade again. This one editorial in particular (although I haven’t finished reading it) appears to be trying to tell the whole story re: the issue with SI hunters and EII. But regardless of anyone’s viewpoints, the news is extremely disturbing.

    We here know, bottom line, there’s NO excuse whatsoever that ANYONE in this WORLD should be taking dolphins from the wild for captivity or food. Period. NONE. Is there any way to learn what abusement parks are putting orders in so people in those respective countries can start putting local pressure on them, while the rest of the world can start campaigning against them? Has anyone compiled a list by country of all the dolphinarium/abusement parks with contact information? Perhaps if we localized list, people could start a campaign as we do for the Japanese Embassies. It would also help (imo) people know what is around them locally in case they aren’t aware.

    After watching Leah’s video this morning of yesterday’s slaughter, and after almost losing the contents of my stomach, I am more determined than ever to spend my entire life if necessary dedicated to helping find an end to the slaughters and captivity of whales and dolphins. While I can’t make it to Taiji before the end of the 2010-2011 season, I am setting in motion plans to be there for the 2011-2012 season- come hell or high-water.

    Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do. Truly you and all of the Cove Guardians are an amazing bunch of people who are, and more than deserving of, respected and admired around the world.

    Bless you all.

  4. Elora, there are alot of villages in the soloman islands. Is it the villages that earth island institute has been funding that are doing this export.? I would hate to know they tricked EII. This is a devastating blow, to say the least. It is enough having to stress about Taiji, and now them too. How sad and discouraging. I feel your pain E. ANGIE

  5. Shocking and disappointing news:-(
    Good luck with your talk. I want to hear you talk some day.

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