William’s thoughts after the interview…

14 12 2010

Last Friday I got to share about my trip to Taiji in front of my entire elementary school. There were lot of teachers and parents to. There are more than 400 kids at school so I know this was a lot of people.

As you can see in this video (click here) I don’t’ really look scared but I was so scared on the inside. In a way I wasn’t because I really want to get the word out of what happens to the dolphins in Taiji. Some people in the audience, especially those in my grade knew of the dolphins and of my trip but many others didn’t, so this was a really good chance to tell more people. I was really nervous.

When I covered the microphone during the interview I had to ask my Principal if it was okay to talk more about the dolphins. I said to her, “I would really like to keep it about the dolphins because that is what my trip was all about”. She wanted me to talk about the cool sites in Tokyo because of the “graphic nature” of the cause. I am glad she let me share the truth.

With the help of my Mom the night before we focused on the important parts and I actually still have this in my head:

• The movie The Cove inspired me.

• A town called Taiji and what happens there.

• Dolphin hunts and why they do it: Two reasons 1) dolphins are sold to aquariums and 2) those not sold to aquariums are hurt very, very badly.

• To save the dolphins.

I was asked to not say slaughtered or killed because it can hurt other people’s feelings. I am really upset about that. America today is based on sweetness and kindness and no longer about freedom of speech and truth. But look at what’s happening in the world. Look at what happens in The Cove and people don’t accept what is happening – they just want me to smile all the time. They just don’t want to know. That’s not okay. The world needs to know the truth. When someone wants me to lie and be sweet, pleasant and wonderful it’s like they are telling me to lie. It doesn’t help the world understand the badness and it will just continue and continue. No one would know what is happening. I want to change that if I can.

What was really cool was when my Principal asked everyone who likes whales and dolphins. I think everyone raised their hand. That was really neat. My Mom thinks its a mission field for future activists. I think people are kind of inspired. A few people have said they would watch The Cove and a friend says he wants to be a cove guardian. I really want people to be inspired by The Cove, Ric O’Barry, Scott West and Paul Watson. They are heroes to me.

Is it okay if you could donate to the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian fund, to Save Japan Dolphins or to our blog so my Mom and I could go back next December 17 (2011)? We can’t wait to go back to Taiji. Thank you.

Thank you for reading this.

William DeBord


Conversation with Shuya…

4 12 2010

~PANORAMA OF TAIJI HARBOR (left/right): Butcher House, Harbor, Captive Dolphin Pens, Funnel (just beyond red marker) further out – The Cove~

Once the near estimated 200 dolphins entered the funnel in Taiji today I wanted to talk to a person at the Embassy – no way would I be put into a voicemail box.

Amazingly enough the conversation was between me and Shuya Nakatsuka – the person who signed the letter to William. I did not indicate who I was, he did not ask for my name and I did not mention the letter. My purpose for this call was to seek information as to “why” they continue and urge the Japanese people to stop. Below are Shuya’s comments captured as best I could…

1) Many phone calls, letters, and faxes on the issue.

2) Understands this is an emotional issue.

3) Try to explain best I (he) can.

4) What is being done in Japan is limited, localized and there is a demand for dolphin meat in these remote areas. Shuya is from Tokyo and dolphin is not a wanted food item there. In some coastal areas dolphin is preferred.

5) Fishermen catching dolphin is their occupation. The demand and people who want dolphin for food provide the reason fishermen do that they do. The Japanese Government is “for” this activity to happen without jeopardizing the dolphin population.

6) In Japanese society this is not condemned.

7) Allow these resources to be used in a sustainable manner.

8 Minimal pain, minimal suffering in the animal’s death.

9) Shuya did not know the cost of a dead dolphin or the cost of a captive dolphin. I urged him to be educated on the matter and seek the information for himself.

10) Shuya wouldn’t touch the “captive” argument.

I posed the question to Shuya about Aquacultural fish farms as an alternative for acquiring fish vs. eating dolphin considering dolphin are mammals and not fish: Shuya believes “the opposition” would still have a problem. I told him I would seek the oppositions points of view whether that would be true. He indicates fish farming for certain species is a possibility, for others such as dolphin, no.

I posed the question if the Japanese people and government would consider a debate on the subject. Shuya was a little surprised by this question.

Don’t know if any of the above is helpful or not – just wanted to share in case it serves any purpose for the cause.

For the dolphins – may they swim forever free,
Carrie & William DeBord

Embassy of Japan Response to William…

1 12 2010

Upon coming home from Taiji we quickly noticed a letter from the Embassy of Japan responding to William’s request they cease slaughtering dolphins. Interestingly it was more than an acknowledgement form letter…

Hover/click over ( Embassy of Japan ) to see the letter William received from Mr. Nakatsuka.

Hover/click over ( Sea Shepherd’s comments ) on Mr. Nakatsuka’s rationale.

Hover/click over ( Sharra’s P’s. template ) for an excellent example of logical points/ideas if you choose to respond to the Embassy yourselves (highly recommend – tailor as you see fit :-)).

For the dolphins – may they swim forever free!
Carrie & William DeBord