Tonight, I witnessed the worthy cause of protecting our animal brethren get a well-deserved worldwide platform:
‘‘The Cove,’’ a U.S. film about a controversial annual dolphin hunt at a Japanese town, won the best documentary feature at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony Sunday in Los Angeles.
Directed by Louie Psihoyos, one of the world’s most prominent still photographers, the film depicts, partly through the use of hidden cameras and microphones, the capture of dolphins by local fishermen in the whaling town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture."
I was sooo happy to see the Cove win yesterday! There seemed to be alot of other worthy documentaries nominated, but this is a great win for animal consciousness! Ric Barry is amazing...he uses every single moment to help dolphins. Not sure if you noticed when we unveiled a banner on stage and then the camera cut away pretty fast lol!
What they showed on the Oscars of Food, Inc. seems to be stuff they glazed over in the actual movie. They talked more about grain production, Monsanto's patented seeds and such. They did say some things about meat, but they glorified small farmers and "organic, free range" meat as healthy and sustainable. They showed animal slaughter outdoors on a small farm while the farmer went on about how there wasn't as much pathological contamination in his meat.... I guess they went to Tyson farms, but talked more about the economical impacts of factory farming on those chicken farmers and not much of the ecological aspect. In fact, the whole movie was focused on economics and not much about ecology... boo.
I remember seeing this movie for rent in December and thinking it would be a downer of a movie, that I was already aware of the situation and did not want to see it. Now seeing the trailer here, I am very moved by the human compassion and determination to help. It looks great, I will definitely see it now. I also am so glad it won, I don't follow main stream news much so I didn't know about it. Thanks so much for posting! :)
They should have brought along a fluent japanese speaker along with them on the trip to convey reasoning better. I agree with the films message, yet there was definite disrespect in the tone of some of those activists.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fishermen herded dolphins into a cove made famous by an Oscar-winning documentary about the hunt but did not kill any Friday, as conservationist groups ramped up scrutiny of the annual slaughter.
An official in the seaside village of Taiji, depicted in the film "The Cove," said a handful of the best-looking dolphins were kept to be sold to aquariums, but the rest were set free Friday morning. He declined to give details.
The decision to set most of the dolphins free marks a departure from past practice.
Conservationist group Sea Shepherd said it has been monitoring Taiji with a small crew of activists this week, and urged people to come to the village to help save the dolphins.
Dolphins swim in pods in the ocean. Taiji fishermen herd them by scaring them with noise into the cove, save some for aquariums and kill the rest, piercing them repeatedly until the waters turn red with blood.
It was not clear where the activists had stationed themselves Friday, but it was unlikely they would be able to see any slaughter since the cove is hidden from the village itself. But they would likely be able to watch the fishermen return to the village with their catch.
The shocking depiction of the slaughter in "The Cove" has launched calls for the hunt to be stopped. The film, which stars Ric O'Barry, won this year's Academy Award for best documentary.
On Thursday, a day after the annual hunt began in Taiji, O'Barry, 70, took a petition calling for its end with 1.7 million signatures from 155 nations to the U.S. Embassy.
O'Barry, the former dolphin trainer for the 1960s "Flipper" TV show and a longtime dolphin activist, has received threats from a violent nationalist group and skipped going to Taiji this year, a trip he normally makes to protest the hunt. He said he had been advised by Japanese authorities not to go.
Taiji residents say the criticism the town has received from the West is unfair because residents are merely trying to make a living in an area where a rocky landscape would make farming and livestock-raising difficult.
Nationalist groups say criticism of dolphin hunting is a denigration of Japanese culture.
The Japanese government allows a hunt of about 20,000 dolphins a year, and argues that killing them — and whales — is no different from raising cows or pigs for slaughter. Most Japanese have never eaten dolphin meat and, even in Taiji, it is not consumed regularly.
The government is also critical of Sea Shepherd, which has harassed Japanese whaling ships. In July, a Tokyo court convicted New Zealander Peter Bethune, a former Sea Shepherd activist, of obstructing a Japanese whaling mission in the Antarctic Ocean, assault, trespassing and other charges. He was deported.
"I'm not losing hope. Our voice is being heard in Taiji," said O'Barry, who has campaigned for four decades to save dolphins not only from slaughter but also from captivity.