“The Cove” visually depicts the capture and use of defines in Japan, after their bloody slaughter. Activists show us very harsh images of the hunt in the Taiji National Park, Wakayama, which undoubtedly represent a shame for our society, but which want to be a tool to raise awareness about how ruthless human beings are when it comes to reaching their goals. business goals.
The dolphin is probably the most intelligent animal on the globe. They are able to help each other in case one of their species is sick, they can recognize themselves in a mirror, they understand some attitudes of the human being, they even have feelings and develop their own culture, an aspect that until 2005 was believed to be exclusive in the human race.
But despite the amazing capabilities of this marine animal, due to culture, its meat is marketed in Japan, which means the slaughter of this species mainly in a Taiji National Park, Wakayama, through a hunting day that is carried out on an annual basis.
The number of dolphins killed in Taiji is far greater than the number of whales killed in Antarctica, and there are records indicating that around 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan each year by the country’s whaling industry.
The dolphins are herded into a secluded bay, where they are netted and speared, transported on small fishing boats. The slaughter is so bloody, the sea literally turns red.
Dolphin meat is highly toxic due to its high concentration of mercury, which poses a risk to the health of the Japanese, however, the Japanese authorities have allowed the supply of this meat in the school food that is provided to students. children in these study houses, even in some supermarkets, dolphin meat is sold with labels as if it were whale meat.
Original title: The Cove.
Director: Louie Psiholes.
Screenplay: Mark Monroe.
Duration: 92 minutes.
Country: United States.