We did that in 2003, and saved the lives of 15 dolphins at the expense of two activists arrested, jailed for a month and released after $8,300 in fines. We were warned that if this were attempted again, all Sea Shepherds would be banned permanently from Taiji. This means that we could do it once but not again. If that happens there will be no one to document the killing and captures.
Japan does not enjoy the freedoms that people in Europe have, and the Japanese police have extraordinary powers. The Cove Guardians are opposed by the police and the Coast Guard. They would dearly love for the activists to break the law, which would give them the reason to oust all Cove Guardians permanently.
3. What does the campaign accomplish?!
a) It keeps the slaughter before the eyes of the international public with live streaming and media stories.
b) It costs a great deal of money for the Japanese authorities to police the cove for six straight months every year.
c) It continually reminds the people of Taiji that the world is watching their every move. Sea Shepherd began the campaign in 2003, when I sent Brooke MacDonald, with her camera, to Taiji. Her video and photos exposed the slaughter in headlines worldwide. That was the same year that Alex Cornelissen and Allison Lance were arrested for freeing 15 cetaceans from the cove. One of our crew that year was Ric O'Barry. He returned with Louis Psihoyos to make the Academy Award-winning film The Cove, of which Sea Shepherd was a participant.