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Dear Ichiro Fujisaki and Readers,

You have reached my tenth and final post for this blog! Congratulations on making it this far (I know some of these posts are quite lengthy) and thank you for taking the time to educate yourself on an issue that deserves your attention. You now have the intelligence to go out and make a persuasive case on the campaign against dolphin slaughter.  Let’s recap on what embodies this education. Hyperlinks direct you to the blog post that expands on the linked subject.

More than 2000 dolphins are killed each year in Japan alone. A majority of this slaughter takes place in a cove in Taiji, Japan. Research supports that dolphins have an incredible capacity for intelligence, self awareness, and memory. Therefore they may even be aware of their fate in the cove! Despite the brutal manner in which these animals are killed, which involves hours of torturing their sonar perception by banging on pipes, the meat is extremely toxic with mercury. This mercury is extremely harmful to humans, as seen in the Minamata case.

The Japanese government refuses to take action to change these policies or warn the Japanese people that their food may be poisoned. Some of the meat is even mislabeled! Promoters of the practice claim that it is a cultural tradition, but common knowledge amongst Taiji civilians about the issue is rare. The angered reaction from Japanese fisherman when the topic is exposed further adds suspicion to this cultural justification.

There are plans that can be implemented to begin the process of excluding dolphin as an edible product. They include restricting fishing policies and banning the distribution of dolphin meat according to health regulations. Even though dolphin does create a large amount of economic profit for Japan, there are more also reasonable plans that provide economic profit without murder. These include eco-friendly tourist outlets like dolphin watches or cruises. However, these plans can only get enough momentum to become a reality if YOU are there to propel it.

Along the journey to reach this final post, you have heard many stories. You have heard my story as an aspiring scuba diver looking to speak up for the ocean. You have heard the story of Frankie, who is one of thousands of people (like me) trying to convince you to stand up and serve as an influential voice on the dolphin campaign. You have even heard the stories of individuals like Hayden Patteniere, Ric O’Barry and Elora Malama, who are taking incredible measures to ensure a safe future for dolphins and the Japanese people. But at the end of the day, it is your story that really matters. I urge you to take the knowledge you have obtained in this blog and spread it for the world to hear. It is time to protect your people. It is time to take a stand. It is time to give dolphins something real to smile about!

Thanks for reading,
Kelsey Anderson

PS.   READERS: The strength behind this campaign does not solely lie in the voice of Ichiro Fujisaki. It lies in yours as well.

Elora Malama

Meet Elora Malama. She is not a celebrity like Hayden. She does not send heart-shaped letters like Frankie. She has no professional, co-ops film crew like Ric. In fact, she’s just a spunky sixteen-year-old girl who likes to write and take pictures. Except Elora’s focus isn’t around cute boys or driving privledges. Her writing is about the issue in Taiji, Japan, her pictures are tainted with the blood of dolphin slaughter, and her mission is to share that with the world.

Elora and her father, a member of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, traveled to Taiji at the start of September to observe, experience, and hopefully make deals with Japanese fisherman on dolphin hunting regulations. This is where Elora’s blog begins, assuring her readers that she will “post something new every step of the way, and all of it will be through the eyes of a sixteen year old girl.” Psh. Because the eyes of a sixteen-year-old are just FULL of intuition, right?

Elora has certainly kept her promise, religiously blogging her daily experiences as she witnesses dolphin slaughter, stubborn fisherman, her fellow travelers’ efforts, reluctant political executives, shady police officers, and various reactions of the Japanese people to the current situation. She provides continual pictures, quotes, frustrations, hopes, updates, and reactions, all developing as she becomes more involved in the Taiji controversy. One blog talks about the Sea Shepard’s attempt and failure to “buy” a pod of dolphins to release from the Japanese fisherman. Another talks about Japanese fisherman threatening them to be arrested. Another tells a heart-wrenching tale about touching dolphin blood found on the Cove rocks; a sickening reminder of the dolphin slaughter earlier that day. Regardless of the day’s events, (good, bad, or boring) Elora gives each experience a new post of observations.

So what’s the big deal?  There are plenty of blogs about Taiji out there (heck, you are reading one right now), most of whom are not written by teenagers! What Elora has done is unlock a real-time, detailed feed of information and perception about what is going on in Taiji at this very instant. Her only agenda is to document her experiences, therefore providing a sincerity to her posts that is unattainable through the media articles or documentaries. This girl who is barely even old enough to drive is showing the world that it is capable of a better place than this. She is showing Japan that there are peaceful, non-criminal Americans willing to negotiate with them. She is showing activists that there is a new generation to pick up where they leave off. And she is showing us, the average human being, that we have a voice and that voice can make a difference.

Follow Elora’s blog: http://eloramalama.wordpress.com/

Follow Elora’s youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/KahakaiGirl