March 5th, 2010

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"The Cove"

Last night we watched the last of the Oscar-nominated films that are currently available on dvd. This film is up for Best Documentary. If "Food Inc" doesn't win, then "The Cove" will be a shoe in. I didn't like it as much as "Food Inc" because I think it got a little too close to the subject matter. For those of you not familiar with the movie, it deals with the trade of dolphins to theme parks around the world. The "dirty little secret," however, is that the majority of the dolphins end up being killed and sold for sushi, packaged under a different name. If you love Japanese culture because you learned about it through watching anime, you need to watch this film. You'll see the dark side of the culture.

I will make a slight disclaimer here that I am not saying American culture is superior or anything like that. I think humans are pretty much a fucked up species all over the globe. That's what attracted me to furry. I'd love to live in a world where the animals could shoot back. We'd lose a lot of our smugness and superiority complex. OK. Enough of that little side rant.

I was turned off from the movie somewhat because they interviewed the captain of the Sea Shepherd. I think the guy is a douchebag. Yeah, he's fighting for cetaceans as well, but he's putting people at risk in (what I think) a futile effort. The filmmakers here were much more effective in getting the word out about the slaughter of dolphins and whales with relative little risk except the prospect of being attacked by angry fishermen or getting thrown in jail. They plan a brilliant operation to infiltrate the secret cove where dolphin slaughter regularly occurs. They capture on film the graphic killing of scores of dolphins. They then show the world Japan's dirty little secret. The film is very much a must-see to anyone who loves animals, especially cetaceans. Hopefully you can stomach the sight of the ocean running red with blood.