WARNING: This post is based solely on my views and opinions on the award winning documentary, The Cove. It is a dark take.
My first reactions to The Cove, when I first watched it about a year ago, was utter shock. It was very hard for me to believe such a large scale massacre was occurring in such well known country of the world. I felt very sad, and pitied for the animals, but most of all I felt useless. Nothing I did would really make a difference. A year later, re watching this movie. My feelings and thoughts towards this issue sort of changed. I still believe that this is an issue that should be approached and I think it’s wrong, but only to some degree.
To be honest, the second time I saw The Cove, I thought about The Holocaust. There is a very several grand distinctions between the two but it was a solid comparison when you came to the main arguments. The Japanese argue that they do not see what was so special about dolphins to begin with. This is a good comparison to the way Nazi Germany was Jews. Neither party thought about their victims as significant. Focusing on the Japanese towards the dolphins, there’s some truth to that. Dolphins are seen as special because of the pedestal the human race has put them on. Yes, they are incredibly smart, but so are many different animals (elephants, gorillas, turtles, sharks, whales, crows, etc…). The main difference lies on the entertainment value we have given them. The fact that this is such a big issue when dolphins aren’t even an endangered species could back up this opinion.
Another observation that I found quite interesting was the comparison between dolphins and cows. The Japanese can eat dolphin – falsely advertised – and get entertained by dolphins at the same time. Well we can watch a rodeo and eat a burger at the same time. The differences between the two include the inability to farm dolphins and the lack of entertainment value and sentiment in cows.
I’m not saying the dolphin slaughter is a good thing, but I feel both parties are being slightly hypocritical. On one hand, we say that dolphin slaughter is wrong yet support the torture they undergo in aquariums and other entertainment establishments. On the other hand, the Japanese defend the issue swearing by tradition and ignorance, but they hide the issue from the public. I believe that you shouldn’t hide something you believe to be right despite what society might think, regardless of the topic or issue at hand.