Why is it hard to stop the dolphin capture? Half a $million $reasons.

On October 9, 2012, the weather kept the boats in port in Taiji, Japan.  Many folks watching the news coming from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) Cove Guardians had gone on about their business, as the real business of Taiji transpired.  This morning, as life went on for many, over half a $million $reasons why the dolphin trade won’t stop were loaded into cargo crates, bound for destinations as yet unknown, on transport as yet unidentified.

Six dolphins, each worth, on average, over $100,000 to the Fisherman’s Union, were sold and bought, having been snatched from the ocean, where only weeks ago, they lived the life that nature gave them.  The life that mankind has now taken away.  For money.

The story unfolds for the six via a series of “tweets” from SSCS, the first, a foretelling of what was to come.

Taiji: Rain and wind have kept all killing boats in port today. However, large transfer truck at FU to transfer dolphins.

And the next with accompanying photo revealed that today was a fateful one for the six unfortunate dolphins:

Taiji: at least six dolphin transport crates are lined up at Fishermans Union. Police stand guard

SSCS Photo 1

Three of the six dolphin transfer crates are visible beyond the police standing guard at the Taiji Fisherman’s Union. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The next messages that were sent by the Cove Guardians told of first, one, then another, dolphin being loaded into crates heading for parts unknown, but certain of a life in captivity if they survived the transport.

Taiji:! First dolphin is in truck now. Second being lifted by crane 4 more waiting to be transferred

One dolphin already loaded, the second is hoisted in its sling in preparation to be placed in a transport crate before being loaded for parts unknown. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Taiji: First captive dolphin taken from harbor pens via sling

Taiji:! First dolphin is in truck now. Second being lifted by crane 4 more waiting to be transferred

What was also disturbing as the events progressed was how unremarkable it seemed.  Minutes ticked by and more dolphins lost their lives to a future controlled by a money machine.

Taiji: Third captive dolphin being place in air cargo crate.

Taiji: Dolphin killers on skiffs and using forklifts for transfer.

Taiji: transfer 6 on skiff now. Crane is in place lifting 5th Bottlenose dolphin.

Taiji: transfer 6 on skiff now. Crane is in place lifting 5th Bottlenose dolphin.

As the fifth dolphin is hoisted toward its stowage in a cargo box, the workers transport the sixth dolphin in a skiff just off camera. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The way these events transpired with a mechanical and well-rehearsed precision masked the deep and palpable grief that they forevermore created.  For the many of you who did not witness this, it may seem like a minor “incident”.   But rest assured, that to the degree we do not stop the captivity industry, with its mindset that dolphins are “cargo”  not to be appreciated, with their own rights and intrinsic value, then we are all, my friends, buying half a $million $reasons for grief.  A grief that will last for us all until they are all free.

Taiji: A total of six Bottlenose dolphins are loaded into airplane cargo containers in transport trucks.

Six bottlenose dolphins no longer belong to themselves or to the world in which they were born. They now belong to an artifice – an artificial world with artificial people and artificial water – that regards them as a thing, not a being. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

My heartfelt appreciation to Sammarye Lewis for the theme of this piece, to Sandy Young for its heart, and to the Cove Guardians for bearing witness with their lives.

5 responses to “Why is it hard to stop the dolphin capture? Half a $million $reasons.

  1. This is never going to stop while they make this amount of money, why should they cease when they have the backing of Police, Coastguards and Government who probably all get a share…maybe we are kidding ourselves that Japan will ever stop this…God help the whales and Dolphins because there isn’t anyone else

  2. To take a wild animal born to swim for miles from a Eco system we dont even belong in!, is a selfish act indeed!
    To take a wild animal from anywhere and enslave it for profit is obviously against the animals free will, wild animals want to remain wild they do not ask to be captive they are afraid of the captures.

  3. Oh, it will stop. There is still a huge economic incentive for human slavery, except that our ethics outgrew that incentive.

    BUT it takes all of us who know to never stop until they are all free, until they are restored their rights to live their OWN lives instead of the lives that we “allow” them. It requires that we never buy into the lie that the emperor is wearing beautiful raiments.

    Namaste – thank you for being part of evolving the rightful ethics of animal rights.

  4. I imagen part of the solution will be to make consciousness on people to stop buying tickets for dolphin shows. But we must do an effort and pray something will preassure the japanese to stop the killing. Will be a huge advance-

  5. The key is for everyone to stop buying tickets to dolphin shows or to stop going to aquariums that house marine mammals. You are not part of the solution, if fact, you are part of the problem, if you go to an aquarium with marine mammals while saying, “but I didn’t go to the dolphin show”

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