Battling Dolphin Deaths: 8th Grader Reports from Japan
by Ben Werdegar
NOTE: The slaughter and torment of dolphins was too urgent for Ben Werdegar to take on “when he graduates” – even from middle school. He’s in Japan now hoping to make a difference. Here is his first report for Care2.
My name is Ben and I am an 8th grade student in California. At around 4:30 p.m. Monday I arrived in Osaka, Japan with my father. The goal I had of finally being able to get close to the scene of the terrible dolphin slaughter, to experience first hand the horror of it is about to come true. I want to be here because the sense of closeness to the dolphins inspires me, and I hope I in turn can inspire others to do more to stop it.
Tuesday morning we are taking the train to Katsuura, just a few minutes from Taiji on the Pacific coast of Southern Japan. I have no idea what to expect; I am absolutely clueless about what will happen to us in Taiji just for being there. I don’t expect much from this trip as this is just the beginning of a very long process I will be going through in order to do what I can to stop the slaughter.
Our goal tomorrow is to observe the surroundings and possibly meet with some of the cove monitors who are here regularly. I want to get a feel for the landscape and the people of Taiji. Although I originally was not scared about anything possibly going wrong during this trip, I think I’m starting to feel more and more nervous as time goes by. It may just be anticipation to finally be so close to the terrible place I’ve thought about for such a long time.
I’m ready to approach the future. In the future the slaughter will be over. Now the only questions are how do we get to that bright future, and can I play a role in motivating others to get there too?
I sure hope so.
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