Documentary to focus on Dolphin Slaughter
Last year in November we published a story about a dolphin slaughter taking place in Taji, Japan that made headlines supported by “Heros” star Hayden Pennettiere. ” Stabbed And Butchered”
And now there’s a new documentary to highlight this cruel and unusual event to the world which includes consultants from the technical diving community to help capture images that recreational divers could not.
The makers of a documentary that highlights the cruelty towards dolphins committed at a secret cove in Broome’s Japanese sister city of Taiji hope the footage captured will shock West Australians into action.
The filmmakers want the Broome Shire Council to sever ties to the Japanese city where dolphins are captured to be used for entertainment in aquariums or killed for food in a secretive annual mission that captures thousands of the mammals.
The filmmakers claim 23,000 dolphins are slaughtered in the cove annually.
The Cove director Louie Psihoyos said he discovered the practice when Richard O’Barry, who captured and trained dolphins for the television series Flipper, informed him of the slaughter. O’Barry is now one of the world’s most vocal opponents to such treatment of dolphins.
“He told me they were slaughtering the ones they didn’t choose and giving them away to school lunch programs,” Psihoyos said.
“I couldn’t imagine any civilisation killing dolphins.”
The cove, near the remote Japanese village, is heavily guarded. Gaining footage was a dangerous mission for the film-makers, whose presence was not welcome. The resulting film has been described as a cross between Flipper and The Bourne Identity.
“The town was like out of a Steven King novel – outwardly the whole town was about the reverence and respect and love of dolphins and whales, but what was happening in the secret cove belied another story, one I was determined to get at,” Psihoyos said.
“My sensitivity to all animal life has been heightened because once you have your eyes open to their plights it’s difficult to close your heart up again.”
The documentary makers hope to expose the practice to the Japanese population, in the hope that they will pressure decision makers into stopping the slaughter. They have succeeded in having dolphin meat taken off school menus in the town, after proving that the meat was contaminated.
More than 400 people have signed an online petition calling on the Broome Shire Council to sever ties with its Japanese sister city until the slaughter stops and to exert pressure on the representatives of Taiji to halt the practice.
The film, which is billed as a call to action for those people who oppose what is happening to the dolphins, hits cinemas on August 20.