I’ve always loved Japan, but one thing Japan has never been cool for (in fact downright worse than any other country in the world) is the whaling industry, which along for whales kills 23’000 dolphins a year in the small town of Taiji alone!
Why is this so awful? Many reasons, first and foremost the fact that dolphins are probably the smartest animal known to man (think smarter than dog, to the point where some scientists agree they should be granted the same rights humans have). In addition to that dolphin meat (which very few people eat, even in Japan where most people don’t even know that dolphin meat is sold) is one of the most mercury-loaded meats, and mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive substance known. However Japan’s fishing industries are quietly selling dolphin meat in supermarkets marking it as whale meat, which is obviously illegal and dangerous to consumer’s health.
The press release reads: “In The Cove, a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public. To really make an impact on this issue, we must get the word out in Japan and urge action from our own leaders. We believe that once the world and the Japanese people know, they will demand change. Help us save Japan’s dolphins.”
You can sign a petition here.
You can read more about the movie here.
You can read about the Ocean Preservation Society who created this movie here.
Or you can text the word “DOLPHIN” to 44144 to get news on how to help.
Anyway, long story short, a very interesting documentary that you should see.
Here’s the trailer: