THE COVE :: DOC :: 037

The Cove, winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, is a film that everyone should view (at least once… and soon).

World renown dolphin expert, trainer and activist Ric O’Barry (Flipper, television series; 1960s), along with a crack squad of specialists, attempts to expose the horrific animal abuse and potential health threat in Taiji, Japan.

Not for the faint-of-heart, The Cove shows us brutal reality, in hopes that we may become more aware, emotionally invested and sympathetic to the plight of the dolphins (and other whales).  I’ll never look at a captive dolphin the same way, nor will I return to the person I was before I saw this film.

Nature’s cruelest joke is that a dolphin’s smile makes him/her appear to always be happy.  …Captive dolphins are constantly stressed and must be given medicines with their food to prevent ulcers.

After watching, The Cove, something else that O’Barry said struck me to my very core.  He said, “If you aren’t an activist, you’re an inactivist.”

From day-to-day, there is much that we can do.  Living in the “information age” should not only be the mighty catalyst for the exchange of information but for the creation of real change.  If there is one thing that this film shows you, (besides the abuse of animals and the destructive nature of man) is that one person can make a difference, and a group of people can change the world.

Watch this for yourself.  The Cove is just as good as any espionage film, will (very likely) move you to tears …and it is, every bit, real.

For more information on the film, visit: TakePart.Com

[While your there, Sign the petition, and spread the word!]

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THIS FILM IS RATED PG-13 FOR DISTURBING CONTENT

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One Response to “THE COVE :: DOC :: 037”

  1. Completely agree with your assessment – 10 Bearclaws.

    On the surface “The Cove” is a documentary.

    But actually, it’s an action / adventure thriller of the highest order.

    Although the core of “The Cove” is the exploitation and, ultimately, the ritualized extermination of the Dolphin, the film also speaks to our humanity or inhumanity and one man’s (O’Barry’s) quest to seek redemption, for us and himself, by ending this senseless slaughter.

    This movie is filled with a lot of disturbing images. However, to me the most disturbing aspect of the film was not related to an image, but to the sounds made by corralled dolphins in the process of being killed. They were eerie, disturbing and something you can‘t forget; they might even drive you to activism.

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