January 12th, 2010 | Posted in: documentaries
Last night I watched the multiple award winning documentary The Cove, and I must say it knocked me of my feet. It tells the story of the brutal slaughter of tens of thousands of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
It is the story of Ric O’Barry, the man who captured and trained the dolphins used in the 1960′s TV hit Flipper. After working closely with these dolphins over the years he came to realize that these amazing, highly intelligent and self aware animals suffer greatly in captivity. After one of the dolphins died in his arms he has made it his personal mission to free as much dolphins as possible.
This mission has brought him to Taiji in Japan, where there is a thriving industry based on these whales and dolphins. At first glance it all seems friendly but there is a hidden, entirely different world behind it. A world of capturing dolphins and selling them to aquaria around the world, and mass slaughtering the ones that aren’t sold for their meat. A world the Japanese desperately want to keep a secret.
This documentary reveals the almost military operation conducted by the team to make this documentary. The have captured images of this before hidden brutality. Now it is their mission to spread the message, and put pressure on Japan to stop this brutal killing. Although it contains some gruesome images I think you must see this film. Open your eyes to what is happening. Help spread the word and try to stop this.
Check out the trailer below, and go get your hands on a copy of it!