Well are plans are changing! Originally our intentions were to travel to northern Japan this September to document the Dall's porpoise slaughter and some coastal whaling on the west coast. It looks like Carisa, Aster, and myself (Marley) will travel to Taiji instead. Last year when we made the decision to travel to Japan we were going to go to Taiji but had to change our plans at the last minute when the slaughter ended early. Instead we went to Northern Japan to document the Dall's Porpoise massacre and the same day we arrived was the day the earthquake and tsunami destroyed much of the east coast.
Unfortunately it looks like the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society may not have an official Cove Guardian campaign in Taiji this year. This is due to lack of funds especially now that their ship, the Steve Irwin is being held in the UK for 1.4 million dollars bond after they rescued some endangered Bluefin Tuna from some illegal fishing operations- please donate at seashepherd.org to help them get the Steve Irwin back! Since there will be no official Sea Shepherd campaign, it is even more important that all efforts are directed to Taiji starting this September. Wouldn't it be great if we could continue the constant presence of activists in the Cove this year sending them a clear message that we will not back down.
If you have the ability to travel to Taiji during the slaughter (September thru March) please join the campaign, the dolphins need us there! If you have any questions about what you can do please email us and we can tell you everything you need to know about how to get there, where to stay and how to get around.
If you would like to donate to our campaign in Taiji please do! All money donated will pay for us to stay in Taiji and document the cruel practices of the butchers for 3 weeks.
Please keep your eye on our blog, we will be posting some of our pictures from our first experience in Japan very soon.
Thank you so much for your support!
Marley, Carisa and Aster