It’s horrible to see what Taiji is doing to the dolphins – there’s not much that can really be said that the documentary did not put explicitly.
I do feel very manipulated by The Cove. (There were some pretty unnecessary shots of the one woman crying, and I feel that the makers should’ve had the decency to put out the name of that one man with the ridiculous nickname, like they did with everybody else. Maybe it was supposed to be lighthearted joke in the middle of all the horror, however it did seem terribly disrespectful to the guy. Horrible as his crew all was.) Like when the makers of the film would justify why we had to save the dolphins – that we had to save them because they liked to connect with us, that they were intelligent and as human as we are.
I don’t doubt that they’re intelligent or that they feel emotions, but neither of these things indicate any innate humanness from them. Anyway, humanity shouldn’t be the main reason behind saving anything – it ought to be enough reason that nothing really deserves to be tortured and killed, and that the dolphins play their roles in the environment.
It’s really gross how the Japanese government is allowing Taiji to sell other Japanese citizens poisonous dolphin meat. I can see why they might believe that “pest control” is necessary, but I don’t understand why they would allow their citizens to be poisoned. It doesn’t benefit them in any way. (Wouldn’t it make more sense for them to export the meat out of the country? That way, they’d still be making money, but not at the cost of their own citizens’ healths.) Why exactly does the Japanese government believe that they need to kill their dolphins? I remember the video saying that it was due to a prideful mentality, a need to ignore what foreigners say what they can and can’t do, but that seems terribly petty and stupid.
I never knew about this documentary until last week – I never knew that dolphins were being massacred in Japan, and that doing so was considered nothing more than pest control. When I learned that this practice still went on now, years later after the video was compiled, I couldn’t help but think that the documentary needed to be more widely distributed.
photo source: Dr. Reese Halter, theguardian.com