After watching the documentary for a second time. The cove is still a very powerful and moving documentary. The reason why I think it was impactful is largely based on the fact that it is stopping the dolphin slaughter, the method is killing is both violent and in my opinion very non-ethical (though legal). The “cuteness” of the dolphin that we see in sea world provides a nice dichotomy towards the torturous captivity on the animals. The documentary is power in the way that it takes an introspective look into Richard O’barry and his contributions towards the business of SeaWorld. This documentary has certainly sparked an interesting debate on whether we tend to sympathize with dolphins, and to dismiss other mistreated animals. Each person will have a different take on the debate, but the fact of the matter is that the dolphin slaughter is still occurring today and has since been swept under the rug.
Many people state that the documentary may have overblown the importance of dolphin slaughtering, and have overlooked other more pressing ecological issues. Yet, in my opinion though it may not have a larger impact towards other global issues. The dolphins still contain a high mercury level, and I believe we should still try to make an effort to change the unethical fishing methods of dolphin. The dolphin fishing is also important, in the fact that it is an insightful looking into the politics of Japan’s fishing laws and also how the commercial business of sea world is affecting the dolphin’s ecosystem and survivability. It is also rather fur stating too see that the dolphins meat are packaged as whale to sell towards their own citizens, which I find rather ironic when they state that it is part of the culture yet not many people notices it. If a take on the devil’s advocate side though, it is easy why Japan is unrelenting towards giving up dolphin slaughtering, as a country that is on the verge of a financial crisis. The dolphin trade provides a multimillion-business deal and also the dolphin meat provides Taiji with a stable economy. If we can shed light and make a stance on dolphin slaughtering, this may have a larger affect on how we perceive the Japan’s fishing laws and may pave way for future, more ethical, means of fishing.
The documentary is certainly a very moving piece of work, yet people tend to forget that the slaughter is still occurring today, and it is rather misleading for the movie to end on a rather optimistic note. The media as since moved on to cover more controversial matters and the supporters of Richard O’barry’s movement seems to be forgotten from the mass audiences, even to those who appreciated the movie. With a TV show called Blood Dolphins from Animal Planet, and other organizations, hopefully will spark more people to take action.