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.

Photo from Save Japan Dolphins


W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Colin Wright
Past Member 4 years ago

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!

Rebecca Eliscu
Rebecca Eliscu5 years ago

very inspiring.

Debbie House
Debbie House5 years ago

Thank you for standing up for the Dolphines!

Brian Dymon
Debbi Dymon5 years ago

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

Calliope S.
Calliope S5 years ago

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.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner6 years ago

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

Mark Donners
Mark Donner6 years ago

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.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)