More by accident then by design, the other night we watched the documentary called The Cove. It just so happens that it won the 2009 OSCAR for Best Feature Documentary. The movie is about a team of activists, film makers and freedivers that go and investigate the “tradition” of hunting dolphins in a cove in Taiji, Japan. It is a story that will stay with you for a long time.
Did you know that approximately 20,000 dolphins are killed each year in Japan? The documentary shows how this is being done in this small seaside village in Japan. The fishermen initially round up the dolphins. Then some of these dolphins are sold to trainers that train up the dolphins to then be sold to dolphinariums or swim-with-dolphins programs. The rest of the dolphins are simply slaughtered and sold for meat!
Be warned, it is a difficult movie to watch but we need to watch it so people can take action. There are various ways to take action:
Start by watching the movie
Take part in the campaign.
Join a Save Japan Dolphins.
Spread the word to your friends, family, school, workmates.