A Bit of Peace for Taiji Dolphins
By Ric O’Barry
Save Japan Dolphins
Earth Island Institute
Yesterday, the Taiji dolphin boats went out, but returned empty handed to the harbor. Dolphins had eluded them. On the day before, winds kept the boats in port. Today is the dolphin hunters’ day off.
So the dolphins of Taiji receive a bit of peace.
I’m headed for home, after a brief stop in Tokyo to talk with our friends there.
I’m happy that our excellent volunteer Cove Monitors Leah Lemieux and Tia Butt will remain in Taiji, where they will continue to report on the happenings of the dolphin hunts for several weeks to come. Other volunteer Cove Monitors are lined up to replace them as the season wanes.
Although the daily horror of dolphin slaughters is hard to take, things incredibly are improving for the dolphins. We believe our long-term strategy of keeping the eyes of the world on Taiji and spreading the news about mercury-contaminated dolphin meat in Japan will end the hunts.
I can assure you that the Earth Island Save Japan Dolphins Team and I will continue to do our utmost to end the killing and enslaving of dolphins here and elsewhere around the world.
And I thank all of you, our volunteers working with us in Japan and outside Japan, for your courage and support these past years.
Let’s keep the pressure on!
Photo of Ric Streaming from the Taiji Whale Museum by Leah Lemieux www.RekindlingTheWaters.com.