We had another awesome day with no death in the Cove! We hope the Christmas break will begin tomorrow and that the dolphins will not be in danger for at least a week.
Last night I went down to the hot springs by the harbour to soak my feet and look at the moon. A man approached me and I recognized him because he had spoken to me in the grocery store last week. He was extremely friendly and I wondered if he knew why I was in Japan.
He said, “Oh yes, I know you are with Sea Shepherd and I have no problem with you and the young people in Japan really like you”. He went on to say that dolphins are extremely intelligent and that he wished they would stop killing dolphins in Taiji and that many people in Taiji felt the same, but did not feel comfortable expressing their objection to the dolphin slaughter.
This man was retired and he had lived and worked in Taiji. He told me his name, but asked that I not repeat it because he feared recriminations. What a shame. He was an articulate professional, but he could not publicly express his opinion on the most important political, social, environmental, and economic issue in Taiji.
Why the silence?
Two weeks ago, we were having lunch and there was a group of teenage boys at the next table. I expected them to be too self-absorbed to notice us, or if they did, they would think the women wearing Sea Shepherd clothing were weird. I quickly learned I had misjudged them. We were rebels with a cause and I could tell they thought it was cool that they saw us.
Change in any society takes time, but for the tuna, whales, and dolphins, time is running out. I am encouraged that younger people have made lifestyle changes and are prepared to voice their opinions, but the conspiracy of silence in Japan has lasted too long and it is deafeningly silent.
For the Oceans,
|Tunnel in Taiji|
|Tunnel in Taiji|