The Cove is a 2009 American documentary film that describes the annual killing of dolphins in a National Park at Taiji, Wakayama, in Japan from an anti–dolphin-hunting campaigner’s point of view.
The film highlights that the number of dolphins killed in the Taiji dolphin hunting drive is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctic, and reports that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year in the country’s whaling industry.
The migrating dolphins are herded into a hidden cove where they are netted and killed by means of spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats.
I was horrified and angry with Japan after watching the movie. The country I once thought was amazing. This is probably one of the the darkest side of Japan, after World War Two.
The whole reason why they started killing dolphins was because they were banned from commercial whaling by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986.
You may be wondering why the IWC isn’t stopping Japan from killing the dolphins. That is because, they can’t.
Here’s why. Japan, who is a member of the IWC, claims every year in the annual IWC meeting that they are killing dolphins because dolphins are ‘destroying’ their marine life.
And their ridiculous theory is supported by several countries. All of whom are third world countries and depend on, who else, Japan for aid.
The problem with Japan, is that the whaling industry is supported by the government and opposition parties. The government even goes to the extent of covering up the whole dolphin-killing stories, so that people as far as Tokyo, don’t even know about it.
The government has also introduced dolphin and whale meat to the compulsory lunches of school going children. But failing to mention that those meat contains mercury.