Yesterday, I finally found some time to head over to E Street Cinema to watch the 2009 Sundance Winner, The Cove.
Rarely do I shed tears-actual tears- in a theatre. I must admit, The Cove shocked me to the core. The Cove is an investigative documentary joining former "Flipper" dolphin trainer, Ric O'Barry, filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society (OPS)
The team quite literally breaks the law to tell this disturbing tale of the small and sleepy fishing village of Taiji, Japan. The Cove investigates what the toll of this multi-billion dollar industry takes on its highly intelligent and self-aware creatures. The film addresses many pressing issues including mercury poisoning, over fishing, the faults of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and of course the thousands of dolphins slaughtered each year.
Even if you have never considered yourself an activist, I swear that you will leave the theatre thinking twice about that SeaWorld trip.
See this film.
If you are interested in this topic and wish to do more, check out The Cove's website. Also, be sure to check out Planet Green's Blue August feature titled, "Swimming With Dolphins: Green or Not?"