Posted by: twotrees | December 31, 2009

The nail that stands up must be pounded down

    Tonight I saw The Cove,  a recently released film about the brutal slaughter of dolphins in the small town of Taiji, Japan.  There, a modest clutch of fishermen herd up to 30,000 cetaceans each year into a small cove where they allow certain of the mammals to be captured and sold as stock for the aquatic parks around the world.  The rest (the majority) are then harpooned and slaughtered for food.

The story begins focused on Ric O’Barry, the original trainer of television’s Flipper dolphin fame, who, after years of capturing and training the creatures, does  a 360 and has fought for their rights and lives for over 30 years.  You may know that dolphins are considered among the smartest animals on earth.  You may not know that their meat has extremely high levels of mercury; meat that is fed to school aged children throughout Japan.

O’Barry is clearly persona non-grata in Taiji, yet assembles an Ocean’s Eleven type group of professionals who devise and plant high-tech audio and video equipment in and around the cove to bring the horrors of these events to world. 

And what a horrible ritual it is, seeing these magnificent animals freaking out as they die in a bay of blood.  Meanwhile the international whaling community lumbers along being fed lies by the Japanese government.

The film is not for the faint of heart but is a must see for anyone who cares to know about what so-called developed nations are allowed to do (mind you – I could point to dozens of other films, like Meet your Meat that showcase the methods by which livestock foods are prepared in this country, (leading me to becoming a vegetarian several years ago).

There are two haunting quotes I will take away from this viewing – the first is tonight’s headline:  “The nail that stands up must be pounded down’ which to the Japanese means that  society does not adapt to every individual, individuals must learn to become part of society (i.e. sit down and shut up!) … the other being what Ric O’Barry says himself:  You are either an activist or an ‘ inactivist’, which is another way of saying that you are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem.

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