01 August 2009

The Cove: dolphins of Taiji

This tense new film shows Japanese fishermen luring thousands of wild dolphins into a hidden secret cove in Japan where activists say they are captured for marine amusement parks or slaughtered for food.The movie premiers in the US this weekend.

The Japanese government said it has done nothing wrong and cites cultural differences in response to the film.

Dolphin hunts are largely driven by a multibillion dollar marine amusement park industry located in the United States and around the world, who pay up to $150,000 per dolphin, according to Ric O'Barry.

O'Barry was the original trainer of the five dolphins who played "Flipper" on TV and blames himself for the worldwide popularity of commercial sea parks with their live dolphin acts, a practice he now decries. O'Barry says he began fighting against the captivity of dolphins when one of the dolphins he trained for "Flipper" voluntarily stopped breathing until it died.

Full media articles about the movie on the wildsingapore news blog.

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