Lest anyone read the accounts of the latest attacks on the Cove Guardians in Taiji (where the Japanese law enforcement manufactured a search warrant authorizing them to seize cameras and laptops of U.S. and other nations’ citizens), and be concerned that this may curtail the firm stand of dolphin activists worldwide, let me assure you that you need not worry.
There exist photographs to document the slaughter. I repeat, one needn’t worry that activists will ever forget or will ever stop short of meeting the goal of dolphin freedom.
Neither need fear the dolphins and whales that activists will forget
- the arrest and detainment of Dutch citizen and Cove Guardian Erwin Vermeulen;
- the relentless capture and slaughter of dolphins by 26 fishermen;
- the direct or indirect participation in the slaughter of dolphins by trainers, brokers, and aquariums by selecting from the slaughter the pretty few whom they will take into a life of captive performing and breeding; or
- Jiyu, who did not survive the transition from freedom to captivity, from catching her own food to being force-fed by trainers;
or will be dissuaded from seeking an ethical and free life for all dolphins and whales. No worry necessary that this will stop our efforts. As is the case with steel, which is strengthened by fire and the hammer, the Cove Guardians and other activists worldwide are watching and learning.
But I must confess that I am worried. It is not, however, for activists or dolphins. It is for the casual photographer. If having laptops and cameras justifies a search warrant . . .
My camera and I will out and about today, in honor of animals and their champions everywhere, and in particular, The Cove Guardians.