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Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Massacre at the Cove - Sea Shepherd

This makes me sick. I've loved dolphins since I can remember, and of all marine life, they are why I attempted to become a Marine Biologist. Yes, that didn't happen; I ened up majoring in advertising to become an Art Director. Anyway, I was saying... first the whalers spend the season going after as many whales as they possibly can, with their bullshit "RESEARCH" letting on their ships. When whaling season ends, they head to Taiji for dolphin season. What the hell is wrong with these people? Sadly, is causes a lot of hatred towards the Japanese, even though not all Japanese support the killing of the whales or the dolphins. Some don't even really know about the extent of the killings; others simply don't care.

Massacre at the Cove - Sea Shepherd

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Massacre at the Cove

All the dolphins driven into the Cove yesterday, all 52 Bottlenose dolphins and 7 Risso dolphins, were slaughtered in the last hour.
The Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians were able to video baby dolphins being thrown onto the gutting barge. Seventeen-year-old Elora West described the scene as “brutally horrific.”
No mercy, no survivors, no empathy, and no humanity – that’s the reality of the ongoing tragedy of the Cove.
Scott West is currently tailing the trucks carrying the corpses of the dolphins. He will be posting pictures and video later.
We have had some people express criticism that Sea Shepherd is not cutting nets and releasing dolphins. That is not why the Cove Guardians are there. They are there because for the first time ever, the fishermen of Taiji have been under our surveillance from the beginning of the killing season. This has never been done before. We are the eyes of the world, focused on Taiji.
It is not possible to cut the nets and to release the dolphins. Sea Shepherd did this in 2003 and released and freed 15 dolphins. Since then, security has been increased tremendously. It is not physically possible to cut these nets.

The group Blackfish tried this, cutting the nets in the harbor (not the Cove), and they failed.
Scott and Elora West and the Cove Guardians have a difficult and horrible task in Taiji. They cannot physically release the dolphins, but they are there to document the atrocities and report on the numbers slain. Any attempt to release a dolphin will simply result in the Cove Guardians’  permanent removal from the situation.
It is not fair for people who are not there to pass judgment on those who are there.
What we must do is to stand our ground at Taiji and to keep the killers under surveillance. We must continue to express our outrage to the Japanese consulates and embassies around the world. We must not allow this horror to be unobserved or forgotten.

Slaughter of Bottlenose Dolphins Begins Today

For the first time this season, the ruthless fishermen of Taiji, Japan have driven Bottlenose dolphins into the Cove. There are presently fifty-two dolphins behind two net enclosures in the Cove.
It does not look good. Earlier this morning, the fishermen moved the “gutting barge” into position, and the trainers have already moved in to select the ones they want for the aquarium slave trade.

We fear that the remainder—males, females, adults, juveniles, and babies—will be slaughtered within hours.
We need to make the Japanese government aware each and every time this atrocity occurs. We need to ask why they are letting this small town humiliate the entire nation of Japan with this barbaric practice that has no place in the 21st Century?
Please contact your local Japanese consulate or embassy and let them know that the eyes of the world are upon them, and we will never turn our eyes away until this senseless and despicable slaughter is ended. They need to get their sociopathic dolphin-serial-killing thugs under control.

And we need to remember that it is the practice of displaying dolphins at marine aquariums around the world that is the foundation of these killings. The oceanariums make their money from the dolphin slave trade, and the fishermen of Taiji seem to enjoy the killing of the ones that remain.
Taiji is a town without pity and will forever be linked in the international public mind as a place of horror, mercilessness, and destruction of life.
Ironically, at this very moment in Nagoya, the Japanese government is hosting the Biodiversity Conference. NGO’s and governments from around the world are in attendance, and yet not one word from any of them for the dolphins. Where are you, Greenpeace? Where are you, World Wide Fund for Nature? Where are you, Conservation International? Where are you, Pew Conservation Trust? Where are you, International Fund for Animal Welfare? Where are you, World Society for the Protection of Animals? Where the hell are any of these groups that preach and raise money off of marine conservation but say nothing and do nothing about the horrific slaughter of dolphins and the destruction of marine biodiversity by these thugs in Taiji?
The Academy Award winning film, The Cove, has removed any pretence of ignorance from the public. All those who fail to speak up now are the willfully ignorant.
Within a few hours, the Cove will run red with blood once again, and the pathetic screams of dying dolphins will fill the air as the butchers stab and hack, slash and laugh in the face of all that is decent. My friends, when we look into the faces of the killers of Taiji, we are looking into the faces of unadulterated evil, where mercy and kindness, compassion, and wisdom have long since departed.
We must stop them, for we can never rest until we do.

Taiji, Japan

Contact Info: Who to Write, Call, Fax, Email

Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: +1-202-238-6700
Fax: +1-202-328-2187
Email: jicc@embjapan.org
Click here for a map and contact info of the 16 Japanese Consulate-General offices located across the United States.

Click here and scroll down (beneath the US map) for a global map and links to contact info of Japanese Embassies, Consulates, and Permanent Missions located in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America.
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