“The Cove” movie; Putting an End to the Dolphin Slaughter and Dolphin Captivity
The Cove, a “part heist, part environmental expose” about the brutal dolphin slaughter in Japan and winner of numerous film festival awards including one at Sundance, had its opening night in LA and New York last night.
The film follows a team of activists and filmmakers as they take part in a covert operation to infiltrate a heavily-guarded remote cove in Taiji, Japan. With the use of hidden cameras they witness and document the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises by Japanese fishermen, an activity they say happens on a yearly basis but remains largely unknown to the Japanese public. The meat which contains extremely high levels of mercury is then sold for consumption often times under the label of whale meat. It is also believed this meat is given to school children as part of a lunch program.
The team is led by filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, a former National Geographic photographer and Ric O’Barry, the former dolphin trainer from the ‘60s Flipper television show who has now become a self described abolitionist for the mammals. Their hope is that this film will help get the word about the slaughter out to the people of Japan so they can demand changes and also to raise awareness of the cruelty involved in holding these intelligent, social and self aware creatures in captivity.
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