This place just blows your mind. I skype my beautiful wife when i get back to my hotel room after each onslaught and looking at her image on the screen, it makes me feel I’m broadcasting from another planet… The culture here is totally alien to me, I have never experienced anything like it and i have travelled the world extensively.
I watched the cove like everyone else and I was repulsed by what i saw, It was after reading the Sea Shepherd daily blog from Taiji that compelled me to come down here.
The sick videos that appear on facebook and Youtube were enough to stop you eating for a month of sundays, I really had to dig into my pockets and make a conscious effort to get down here.
After a bombardment of killings within the first day of getting here, it gave me no time to reflect, my soul was being destroyed by all this abuse to the very thing I love (The animals)
I was on the hillside high above the killing cove on the morning of the 5th of December and I was watching trainers select dolphins from a trapped pod of around 40.
They were riding around on their backs and choosing the most suitable for their dolphinariums, After selecting 5 for a life of captivity, The fishermen slaughtered the remainder in front of the very trainers who tell you they have no part in it…
They laugh and drink beverages around the campfire on the killing cove beach. The sounds from the dolphins as they are slowly executed are most disturbing and horrific.
They slap and bang their tails frantically while the fishermen drive stakes multiple times trying to find their spines like a backstreet practitioner. The dolphins finally die after 5 painful minutes and you practically throw up while witnessing the violence.
Yes these fishermen are scum and the world has its attention on the cove and quite rightly so but, where are the protests outside our own barbaric houses of horror?
Dolphins are cuddly looking creatures that we relate to flipper and any other gorgeous looking pet animal, cows and pigs are just not cute enough to care? If we did care would we not close these houses down?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in Taiji because this is horrible, worse than I could ever imagine but if slaughterhouses had glass windows would we be as horrified as the atrocities in Taiji?
Fishermen are processing meat like we process our meat. I just want to make sure we stay focused here, Japan has some amazing people, I found out today after talking to them. It is a culture that will NOT change in the near future. Should we set an example on our own doorstep first?
Chickens never see the light of day, Turkeys have their beaks filed down and their toes cut, the weight they develop crushes their bones, Sheep and pigs are shipped off to slaughterhouse all around the world and treated in the worst possible way. These dolphins that are butchered in the cove have had a sense of freedom, Farmed animals would never know what it was like to eat grass and roam free…
I will stand against Japan for the treatment of animals and I would welcome its citizens to stand by me in my own country likewise.
Until then, I’m here to do what I can for the dolphins… I am deeply affected by these atrocities towards nature….