I was really taken aback by how little regard the Japanese fishermen of Taiji had for the lives of intelligent creatures like dolphins. Overall I was disgusted by their behavior and infuriated that the Japanese government is blatantly lying to the rest of the world about their practices. I cannot understand why they feel the need to slaughter so many dolphins without any real need. The meat gained from that wholesale murder isn’t even fit for consumption. Will it take outrageous birth defects and numerous other health problems to surface before they realize that their actions are idiotic? What’s even more frustrating is that there are people there with the facts in hand that are uniformly ignored, and not just by the Japanese. Ric O’Barry strolled into the IWC with video proof of the Japanese government’s lies and was promptly escorted out. What will it take for people to wake up and accept the truth? How can a race of people be so blind to the world around them? What’s ironic is that I’ve always thought of Japanese as peaceful and harmonious with nature. My views have considerably changed since seeing this documentary. Is the pride of doing what you want in the face of global pressure really worth the degradation of the dolphin population?
I had to hand it to the filmmakers and Ric O’Barry for their patience dealing with the Japanese fishermen as well as the politicians of Japan. I don’t know that I would have had the self control to keep from avenging a few of those dolphins. Especially when faced with such obstinate behavior. Clearly the Japanese of Taiji know they are doing something wrong. They were constantly following the filmmakers around and questioning Ric O’Barry about his involvement with the documentary. If the culture there believes that they are doing the right thing, then why hide your activities? If it’s truly part of your culture, then why are you ashamed? What they’re doing is wrong and they know it. That doesn’t make them a proud race of people, that makes them bullies and thugs that are only doing what they want without regard for how it affects others. If I ever get a chance to visit Japan again, I will be sure to pay those bullies a visit.