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Battling Dolphin Deaths: 8th Grader Reports from Japan

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.

Leave your comments here to encourage Ben as we await his next post.

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12:43PM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

Too bad there is no option on the poll for "HELL YES!"

Man, whoever voted no is a total D-Bag.

Ben and his father, I applaud them both. Keep up the good work boys!

7:44PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

very inspiring.

7:41PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

Thank you for standing up for the Dolphines!

7:09AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Keep up the good work, you are a very brave young man. Kudos to you and your father!

4:03AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

Children like animals have so much to teach us simply because they are still connected to their truth and have not as yet corroded their connect to source energy. Ben I send you a hug sweatie and may you grow up to be the person who helps put an end to this slaughter. I cannot view all this without shedding tears. If it were left to me I would stop any killing in the world at lightening speed. No more killing. We are so removed from our truth.We do not know that we are infinite and everything we do counts. I cannot bear the thought of all these majestic, intelligent, feeling creatures being murded like that. I will be an animal advocate for ever and I hope in my life time I will see the joy of peace.

3:32PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

If a tsunami hits Japan I wouldn't send a dime. They richly deserve it.

3:26PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

No respect for Japan. That country has no culture or decency left and counts as one of the most depraved. Japanese elect criminals to their government and do not question what they do, no matter how horrific the crime.

6:59AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

thanks for sharing :)

4:25AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

You are doing a great job. Keep it up. Wish you all the best.


1:00AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

All things start with the first step. Well done.

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