Monday, September 6, 2010

The Cove & Why Through The Slaughter Of Dophins We Are Killing Ourselves

I love eating meat: beef, veal, lamb, chicken, fish, shellfish, duck, oh and of course pork! I have no reservations about having leather accessories or furs (except for the fact that it’s not really in fashion right now). I don’t really love animals all that much except for my dog and I don’t really think future generations will really mourn the loss of any species that become extinct in my lifetime. However I feel strongly that we desperately need to stop whaling.

Recently Animal Planet premiered the Academy Award Winning documentary The Cove. This film is about a filmmaker Louie Psihoyos’ journey in helping Ric O’Barry document the illegal slaughter of dolphin in Taiji, Japan.

The process of filming the slaughter has a secret ops feel which is exciting but what is really engaging is the story of Ric O’Barry. He takes responsibility for the popularity of bottle-nosed dolphins as the main trainer on the television show Flipper. After one of his whales dies in his arms, he decides to rectify what he has done and has spent the rest of his life trying to free whales. O’Barry is one of he most amazing inspiring examples of someone taking responsibility for their actions and trying to make the world a better place.

Animal Planet has been showing The Cove to lead in for their new show Blood Dolphins that continues to follow O’Barry’s battle in Taiji.

The argument of the intelligence and consciousness of dolphins didn’t effect me, what really got to me was how illogical and gratuitous were the actions of the fisherman. Dolphin meat has ridiculously high levels of mercury and the only way that it’s sold in Japan is if it’s mislabeled as whale meat, which isn’t even very popular in Japan anymore.

Look, I know that the chicken I ate for lunch was probably raised to be eaten and it’s death can only be considered “humane” by comparison to what we’ve done in the past, but we need to eat. Killing dolphins for meat is like collecting wild boar shooting them and trying to sell it as pork. The vast majority of the market would find the meat too gamy and anyways, there’s no need to kill those wild animals, we got plenty of farmed animals, why mess with the wild ones?

Yes, I think killing wild animals in general is crueler than killing farmed animals. Others of you may not make that distinction. What is important to consider is what we are doing to our souls when take life, any life.

If there’s a spider that you find on a table and you kill it when you could have just as slide it on to a piece of paper and let it go outside in the garden you are doing something to you soul and a little darkness creeps in. As a human race, we have so much darkness at the edges of our existence. Some of it is unavoidable but whatever is avoidable, we have to stop. We can’t afford any more blood on our hands.

Do the fisherman and Taiji have the right to fish off their shores and fish whatever they want to? Yes, but the rest of world has the right to draw attention to this atrocity make the Japanese government so embarrassed that they agree to stop their gratuitous cruelty.

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