The Cove (2009)

Posted: January 2, 2010 in Joe Giambrone
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The Cove

Get DVD: The Cove

“You’re either an activist or an in-activist.”

This documentary is receiving Oscar buzz, and it is a must-see. The Cove is an activist film, made by activists for the purpose of inspiring change.

Several topics are addressed, including destruction of the oceans through pollution, mercury poisoning in the food supply (which is intrinsic to the plot), and of course the slaughter of tens of thousands of dolphins at a secret cove in Japan.

Be sure not to miss the DVD special feature on mercury. You may never eat tuna or other species of large fish again. The dolphins are also highly contaminated with mercury and their meat should not be consumed, as it isn’t safe.

It’s time we had an environmental film that gets real, and remains exciting and well thought out.

This is a battle with a concerned world community on one side and the Japanese government and the dolphin hunters on the other side.

I am on the side of the dolphins and filmmakers, but I do have to acknowledge the other side. In doing so, we need to expand the issue to America’s own treatment of livestock and wild animals. Focusing only on this one species (dolphins) is convenient and garners sympathy, but what of the larger picture?

“PEST CONTROL”

The Japanese government has told the dolphin hunters that dolphins are pests who eat the fish that Japan relies upon for food.

This argument is very much like that used against wild wolves, coyotes, bears, sharks, and any other wild animal that could potentially affect a profit curve.

As Americans cheer on the biologists who oppose the Japanese slaughter of dolphins, how would similar activists opposing US factory farm practices be treated and framed in the media here?

In Protest Torture of Animals; Get Arrested as a “Terrorist” Will Potter elaborates on the unconstitutional “protection” of the industry. Free speech has been curbed related to this one industry through the “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 1992.”

Their crime, according to the indictment, is “conspiring” to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that tests products on animals and has been exposed multiple times for violating animal welfare laws.

The terrorism charges could mean a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The activists also face additional charges of interstate stalking and three counts of conspiracy to engage in interstate stalking: Each count could mean up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Since September 11, the T-word has been tossed around by law enforcement and politicians with more and more ease. Grassroots environmental and animal activists, and even national organizations like Greenpeace, have been called “eco-terrorists” by the corporations and politicians they oppose. The arrests on Wednesday, though, mark the official opening of a new domestic front in the War on Terrorism.

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See also:

Witch-Hunting the Environmental Movement by Stephen Lendman.

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