The Cove was really eye-opening for me. There’s really no excuse for Taiji to be slaughtering dolphins in masses. Even though by the time we finished watching the second half of the documentary, I’d read Slate Magazine’s recent article that called dolphins jerks, for their wantonly cruel behavior towards other marine life and even other dolphins. Though the information from Slate did tarnish the dolphin’s squeaky clean image for me, there’s no reason why a creature this intelligent and self aware should have to go through such torture. And there’s certainly no good reason for selling meat that’s high in mercury to a population that’s kept in the dark abut where their food comes from.
While I admire Ric O’Barry’s efforts, I don’t feel like there’s anything substantial that I can do as an American to really make a difference. It seems O’Barry really needs to find a larger Japanese audience in order to achieve some sort of change. According to Wikipedia much of the Japanese media refuses to talk about the film, saying, “As of June 2010, the controversy over the film and the film’s subject had received little press attention in Japanese-language media in Japan. Boyd Harnell of the Japan Times stated on May 23, 2010, that Japanese news editors had told him that the topic was “too sensitive” for them to cover.”
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If the impression The Cover gave of the Japanese public’s opinion of dolphin meat is accurate then it’s hard to believe the media would refuse to cover this because of controversy. Is it possibly they fear some sort of retribution from their government, who O’Barry claims is fully aware of what goes on in Taiji? Whatever the reason, hopefully O’Barry’s able to find a solution. In the age of the internet there should be some way to bring this issue to the Japanese public’s eyes.