In The Cove, a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In the remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often labeled as whale meat.
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Ric O’Barry, the man behind this film was the trainer on the TV series Flipper. He loved these animals, but after one of the dolphins of the Flipper series died (the animal chose to die, he claims, by refusing to take another breath), he decided that dolphins should never be made captive. Since then, he has actively dedicated his life to freeing captive dolphins worldwide.
Aside from the gruesome slaughter scenes, the movie shows beautiful segments that really capture the magnificence of the dolphins. There is no doubt that these are highly intelligent creatures; sentient beings who have thoughts, feelings, and a wide range of special abilities.
It’s a sad fate that they are not yet protected by laws that we could have enforced if enough of us took action to make our thoughts known. Please sign the letter below to show your support..