Last Saturday, I watched The Cove, an astounding piece of investigative journalism with the heart of an action thriller. The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises in Taiji, Japan every year, and how their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labelled as whale meat. The majority of the world is not aware this is happening as the Taiji cove is blocked off from the public.
Given the controversial nature of all this, Taiji’s city government is hardly eager for a Western crew to get it all down on camera. Police shadow the filmmakers everywhere, and the local fishermen, who fear the loss of revenue, aggressively confront the visitors, hoping to provoke actions that will get the foreigners expelled from the country
When I hear “no, I can’t see this movie, it’s about dolphins killing”, I am getting really frustrated. Everyone, EVERYONE needs to see The Cove. This movie is to inspire you to do something good in your life (not necessarily with dolphins) and leave you feeling empowered. You can make a difference in whatever way you want just like the people in this film are doing.