The Cove


Watch as The Cove reveals to the world the shocking and deadly ritual that involves the mass slaughter of thousands of bottlenose dolphins each year on the coast of Japan. During the mass killing a lucky few are sold off to aquariums so they can perform in water shows. The rest aren’t so lucky, they are simply crowded together and stabbed to death, then their meat is sold.

National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, interviews the everyday Japanese people on the street, who claim they have no idea that the whale meat they are consuming is actually mercury-saturated bottlenose dolphin. The mass killing of this beautiful animal is not exactly a secret, but the Japanese fishermen of Taiji have gone to considerable lengths to keep cameras and other observers from getting a good look at what’s going on. Psihoyos is hell-bent to change all that, he assembles a team of scientists, filmmakers, and nerds to smuggle recording equipment into the cove.

The team’s spiritual and emotional captain is Richard O’Barry, the man who helped popularize dolphins as cuddly animals as the trainer of TV’s Flipper back in the 1960s-and who, horrified by the way dolphins have been used in public displays, has been an anti-captivity activist for decades.

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    1. this isn’t representative of all of Japan…? You shouldn’t judge a whole nation based on one (incredibly biased) documentary.

      People like you, single minded individuals, are why fucked up things like this happen.

      1. Yes, it is because of people like fei that Japan is murdering sentient beings of another species. Grow the hell up.

      2. He’s right it isn’t Japan. It is the notion that animals do not have rights, that they are lesser than humans. If you go home at night and eat an animal or drink its milk or eggs – all of those animals were slaughtered too. That is no different to what happens in the Cove. So it isn’t Japan that is at fault. It is the idea that humans carry that it is ok to use an animal for food, entertainment, work or lab experimentation. These things happen to the animals we love because we allow them to happen to the animals we don’t believe we love. We have forgotten, or perhaps we never were told in the first place, that an animal is an animal whether it is a mammal, fish, bird or otherwise. There is no difference. No animal should be slaughtered for a human. The fact that we are ok with slaughter is why these dolphins are also slaughtered and used for discrimination. The psychological state of mind that allows a human to disconnect from the two exact same set of circumstances yet see them differently is anthropocentrism which leads to conformational/confirmational bias. Meaning we know animals should not be abused. So we see a dolphin as deserving its rights. But when we don’t see a fish as deserving the its rights we justify it by saying a fish is not like a dolphin, it is lesser. We change our beliefs to fit our actions (eat fish because it’s not really an animal like a dolphin is an animal – even though this is not true) versus changing our actions (do not slaughter a fish because animals deserve their rights) to match our beliefs. And this is anthropocentrism. We do this to people too. We said a black man is not like a white man. He is part animal therefore he can be a slave. And since we see some animals as lesser, by assigning the trait of animal to a man we could arbitrarily take away his rights. But a black man is no different to a white man and a fish no different to a dolphin. A human is a human. An animal is an animal. So it isn’t Japan’s fault. It is anyone’s fault who eats an animal, hunts an animal, when his belly is full, his ice box is full of food, and there is a grocery store on every corner.

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