I have not seen the Cove until last night, simply because it is about animals being mistreated and me and animal abuse do not add up … at all. So when I all of a sudden starting watching the Cove before sleep it was nothing but error…
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
How can people do this? I do not understand. And even more, I can not understand how this can still be ongoing. Shouldn’t there be some kind of universal law that could stop this?
Taiji is where a lot of dolphin trainers go to find there new “friends”, and those who do not get chosen is being slaughtered. And the ones who survive often gets stressed to death since cages are for bad people and not for wild animals. It the movie they say that the smile of a dolphin is their own worst enemy, because they look happy even though they are not and this makes it easy for people to treat them badly since it doesn’t really show.
Richard O’Barry started being with dolphins very early since he was the dolphin trainer of the world wide famous Flipper. Before Flipper, dolphins in caged environments were very rare, but the movies made the market explode since everyone wanted to see and hang out with dolphins after watching Flipper. A zillion billion dollar industry like Sea World grew and grew and eventhough they look happy, dolphins are not made to live in such small areas. Dolphins can swim 40 km in just one day in the wild. How can they be doing well in a pool that is 50-100 meters?
Richard O’Barry went from being a dolphin trainer to an activist after a dolphin died in his arms. He told in the film that whales and dolphins have the very uncommon “quality” of being able to choose if or if not to breathe. So when dolphins just have had enough, they can stop breathing just like that. One of the dolphins that was playing Flipper just one day came up in his arms and stopped breathing.
Animals are for being seen in the wild and no where else. And this is why eventhough I love animals, I almost never go to the zoo (of any kind).