Tuesday, April 8, 2014

California Orcas Must Wait!!

They expect us to wait!!

by Steven Thompson, TDAG 
April 8, 2014

Breaking News...Breaking Hearts...California Orcas Must Wait

Orca Bill Hearing today: Orcas get diddly squat.

California Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee Chair Anthony Rendon asked Assemblyman Richard Bloom to send the bill to at least a year in "interim study to the middle of next year" and he agreed.

 Result: Orcas stay in a human designed hell. Outrage!

It appears to me that this decision was predetermined by this committee...Like the change was just too radical for people with the money to deal with.

This gives all people who care, a lot of time to cogitate and talk around and around OR we can act.

I can see why Sea Shepherd is NOT a lobbying organization. 

At least we can leave our thoughts here on the Sea World Page everyday.

At least we can Occupy the Gates of Sea World.

Perhaps there are free-Orca-loving people who would like to work at Sea World in an undercover capacity to do what they can from the inside...

Occupy me

Deep coverage and quotes...twitter references and photos of the hearing at The Dodo

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sometimes Rules Need to Be...

Be the catalyst for change...do what you can
by Steven Thompson, TDAG 
January 21, 2013

Can you feel the tension in the dolphin ethers? 

All these Taiji dolphin murders this week, vegan non-violent activists being denied visas into Japan, corrupt buyers drop meat in the street from their truck as they speed away in haste: the dolphin killing mafia is afraid. 

We are all on the cusp of a full televised whale war in the Southern Oceans. The War is COMING. 

“Life is short, break the rules.”  -Mark Twain

The Rock & Roll world is feeling the change through the eyes of the Chili Peppers. at their concerts. Imagine this band and others coming to Taiji. Hold the vision.

It is those like these Sea Shepherds, ready to enforce where governments fail, who make the difference. May we always live in a time of Sea Shepherds. May we live in a time, where we are all Shepherds of the Sea and laws no longer need to be broken.

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers in Taiji today guarding the Cove and monitoring the hunt. Without groups like Sea Shepherd and individual dolphin activists all over the world, we simply wouldn't know.

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Taiji Dolphin Strategy: Radical Volunteers Needed

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Radical axis
Watching this 90 minute film will change how you think about activism.

by Steven Thompson, TDAG 
January 15, 2013

Are you sick of Red Cove Days? An alternate approach surfaces.

Are you ready?

The dolphin killing mafia is certainly not ready for this.

Watching this 90 minute film will change how you think about activism.

There is new discussion about people coming to Taiji...NOT with any organized group. This time people are coming to Taiji for the purpose of getting arrested and then choosing a radical course of action.

It has never been easier to get arrested in Taiji. So far I count six dolphin activists who have spent more than several weeks in jail for the cause of dolphin freedom in Japan. Personally, I have been detained after I was assaulted by the hunters. Yes, I lost my freedom because I was assaulted. But this was just for a few hours and with ringing in my ears. More than a dozen Sea Shepherd volunteers have also been detained for up to a day.

Alex Cornelissen and Allison Lance Watson were first to go to jail in Japan in 2003 (22 Days). Erwin Vermeulen next in 2012 (64 Days). Nils Greskewitz (18 days) , and Michael Q. Todd (54 Days) followed by the end of the year.

There is certain to be another person in the sunless Taiji (Shingu) jail. We hope they watch this movie.

If this is someone you know, send them this link to Hunger, an award winning movie of a successful strategy against a more powerful opponent.

Doing a 30-day fast would garner massive media attention. There are people who have done this. It is of course, not as dramatic as Bobby Sands...you don't need to give your life...just give more than any have done before.

We are looking for the one in a million volunteer/s. All expenses paid.

Think about this...watch the movie...If you are ready...we will discuss timing...you would not be expected to pay for this yourself. This will be organized off of public pages so that the volunteer/s get into the country...there is also the mater of getting arrested.  The jail in Shingu has no sunlight and involves solitary confinement without reading materials. I know this is torture for many of us.

Film on youtube.

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers in Taiji today guarding the Cove and monitoring the hunt. Without groups like Sea Shepherd, Save Japan Dolphins, and individual dolphin activists all over the world, we simply wouldn't know.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Keep the Taiji Dolphins in Your Prayers

Swimming Free away from Taiji

by Steven Thompson, TDAG 
November 27, 2012 

Are dolphins intelligent? Are dolphins spiritual? To those who believe...to those who are ready to give it a try. As you go to sleep or meditate today, please send a psychic message to the dolphin pod members who escaped today:


An entire pod of dolphins ESCAPED certain death today. They outsmarted the most ruthless technologically advanced dolphin murderers on the planet: the Taiji Killers, those who eat dolphins. There was no massacre today.

How do you think the escaped pod feels now? Happy? Exhausted? Did anyone die in the mad rush to escape? Are their hearts beating back to normal? Where will they swim to next?

Many of us sat on the edge of our seats waiting for the #tweet4taiji. We waited and waited...drank a cup a tea...felt like throwing up...not working...not sleeping...knowing the dolphins were swimming a race...a high speed marathon where there can only be one loser. And losing means you watch your friends and family get their throats cut or their spines pithed...blood still filling the water...screams piercing your soul...mothers and babies dragged by their tails, drowned in agony. This is the vision that may await the dolphins if they swim by Taiji.

Please envision the dolphins who escaped today, communicating with other dolphins to stay away from Taiji. Please envision the awareness of the Taiji hunt to spread among all dolphins everywhere. Please share the vision that dolphins must swim under the wall of sound and back out to sea.

Please tell the dolphins that you care...care enough to stay away from Taiji. Taiji is no place for a happy and free dolphin.

Swim fast and free
Away from Taiji 
Under the sound and out to sea
Telling all dolphins is the key.

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers in Taiji today guarding the Cove and monitoring the hunt. Without groups like Sea Shepherd, Save Japan Dolphins, and individual dolphin activists all over the world, we simply wouldn't know.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Michael Q Todd: Falsely Arrested at the Cove--Now Free

Sweet Reunion
by Steven Thompson, TDAG 
November, 8, 2012

My friend Michael Q Todd, arrested at the Cove in Sept 16, got out of jail on provisional release yesterday.

His case is looking much better. It's not over...Michael still must appear back in Osaka for two more hearings...but it looks much better and is much easier on him and his supporters to look at his case from the outside.

Thank you for supporting Michael.

It looks like Michael WAS within the law, legally in Japan, when he was arrested. The police jumped the gun on Michael to arrest someone, anyone for any reason like they did with Erwin Vermeulen. The way he was treated so badly and even illegally in Shingu Wakayama by a mean-hearted police officer, is one of the things that has helped Michael get out, yet he paid a heavy penalty: 54 days in jail.  Please take care if you go to Taiji.

For him, his fiancée, myself, and hundreds of supporters, it is a day to celebrate!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Passionate Dolphin Activist Susan Mabe...Rests In Peace...October 29, 2012

Join young Susan Mabe for tea
by Steven Thompson, TDAG 
Oct. 30, 2012

A friend of dolphins and a friend of mine passed away today. As an Administrator here on the Taiji Dolphin Action Group, she was instrumental in keeping us a strong independent voice for Taiji dolphins. Her words and thoughts live on in her facebook page.
Passionate and loving woman

I have known Susan Mabe as tough and beautiful, angry and kind, logical and emotional and so connected to Cetaceans and the people involved. Her native American roots she discovered later in life and upscale medical family gave her a spiritual way of living and an analytical mind.

Intense front-line activist

Susan was quick with intelligence and honesty. She has helped me to be a better activist. May we all remember her. I feel she would want us to work hard, keep our facts straight and share our passions.

Thank you Susan for sharing your passions. You have made and will continue to make a difference in my life and the lives of many.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A new way to spread awareness about Taiji?

Hi all :-) I've been doing some thinking about more ways to spread awareness in our own Towns, States and possibly to Japan. My thought was what if we contact all of the Japanese restaurants either by asking to hang flyers, email them or post on Facebook pages (politely of course) I have recently posted on a few Fb pages of Japanese restaurants and two of them liked the post and kept it up on their page, I also tweeted a local restaurant owner and he Re-tweeted! Not a miracle but still it does help with spreading awareness. Basically I just mentioned The Dolphin slaughters in Taiji, Japan, if they have any relatives in Japan to please warn them of Mercury poisoning in the meat (just in case) and how they kill thousands yearly for no reason, their only crime? eating the fish, just swimming through Taiji ? I also added a video of one of the slaughters to show the extent the Fishermen go to in order to catch and kill these beautiful, sentient beings (that should tug at their heartstrings?) but you can add an article, a picture or whatever you feel will catch their eye. Best bet is finding Restaurants on Facebook and asking them to help us spread awareness of this appalling act, not only are we informing the restaurants but their patrons who like their page as well. By the way, I also mentioned the captivity bit in my posts and asked them to watch "The Cove" This may or may not work but aren't our Dolphin friends worth the effort?