The Cove

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and Ric O'Barry, a longtime activist who was a dolphin trainer for the1960s TV show "Flipper" discuss the documentary "The Cove." In a secluded lagoon in the small Japanese town of Taiji, thousands of dolphins are brutally slaughtered every year, and the film follows a group of activists who try to infiltrate the cove and to actually film what goes on there. "The Cove" opens in New York Friday, July 31st, at the Beekman Theater and the Angelika Film Center.


Ric O'Barry, and Louie Psihoyos

Comments [21]

Anita Feldman from East Village, New York

When Japanese whaling became the focus of anti-whaling campaigns, in the early 1970's, American economic interests--the desire to increase Japanese consumption of American beef--were never mentioned by the campaigners, though their interests coincided with American economic policy. Anti-whaling propagandists also asserted that whale meat was not consumed in Japan, though it was clear to anyone living there that, for both school children and adults, whale meat was a cheap source of protein. (There was a Tokyo restaurant, Kujiraya, that specialized in whale meat.) I wonder whether "The Cove" promotes the same scenario, scapegoating the Japanese for the world-wide problem of over-fishing and deflecting attention from the problems generated by our own food habits and practices.

Sep. 09 2009 03:09 AM
Ed Helmrich from Larchmont, NY

It's great that people are concerned about the porpoises. What if we became concerned also about the human beings killed each day in abortion?

Jul. 29 2009 05:05 PM
hjs from 11211

fishy, i heard about the mercury? maybe they should stop the hunt then. i guess i should have said they can't sell the meat. it ends up in school lunches

jp that's true

Jul. 28 2009 03:11 PM
Jeanette from Brooklyn

Jerry, there is a difference in that we raise pigs, cows, etc to eat and replenish this population, so in that way it is different than fishing, which is a huge worldwide problem. There are other ethical things to consider with factory farming, but that's a subject for another day.

The Japanese have built a state-of-the-art fishing dock in St. John's, Antigua, for two reasons: 1-whaling rights and 2-because they have overfished their waters and need to move on. They are quickly doing the same in the Caribbean.

Jul. 28 2009 02:50 PM
JP from The Garden State


My point is there are a lot more horrific fishing practices going on that effect the entire eco system in the sea. Most of the fish we eat are not nearly as intelligent as dolphins. But many fish we over fish, dolphins and whales and sharks eat and need to live. Commercial fishing whether it be crab fishing, tuna fishing or even garbage bottom feeders that make up a fast food fish sandwich or a frozen fish stick is way out of control. Look up how commercial trawling is done and how nothing survives when a net is dragged on the sea floor for miles and miles. Way more catastrophic then what goes on in any stock yard any day of the week.

Jul. 28 2009 02:21 PM
something fishy from FLEETWOOD

HJS, squids are not proven to be especially intelligent creatures...will you give up calamari now? You also must have missed the part when the guests were talking about increase in mercury poisoning for eating dolphins.

Jul. 28 2009 02:01 PM
something fishy from FLEETWOOD

they do eat the dolphin meat. The problem is OVERFISHING...whether in Alaska, the Caribbeans...or in Japan.

_Dont overeat
_Dont waste food
_Dont over buy
_Dont waste dont waste dont waste.

It is absolutely the least that we can do. When things are cheap people disregard them as not valuable and therefore treat them as the US, this is true of food and water. STOP IT and we can, in small proportion (like our plates should be) help save our dolphins, our food source, our world.

Jul. 28 2009 01:57 PM
hjs from 11211

the difference between a crab and a dolphin is intelligence. for the same reason i won't eat a chimp, horse or dog. but if u can go for it. as i said i've heard they can't even sell the meat for food no one wants to eat it.

Jul. 28 2009 01:56 PM
Thilly De Bodt from Brooklyn

I stopped eating shushi and any other japanese food.... and advocate with colleagues and friends not to dine in japanese restaurants... that's my solitairy protest. Maybe not very efficient... but that's my contribution. I do believe that only economics measures will force governments to take action.

Jul. 28 2009 01:54 PM
something fishy from FLEETWOOD


What do you think about the growing Sushi Culture? Does this contribute to the overfishing in japan and elsewhere??

Jul. 28 2009 01:50 PM
hjs from 11211

isn't it true they don't even eat the meat

Jul. 28 2009 01:49 PM
JP from The Garden State

We glorify our fisherman who catch Alaskan king crab. We make them heroes and even give them a TV show. Really they are just doing their job. Fishing on the high seas is dangerous no matter where or how its done or what they are catching. We approve fishing of fish we like to eat, no matter how much the ocean is being depleted or how the fishing is done. Aren’t these dolphin fishermen just doing their job? Are they not risking their life? How are these guys any different then crab fishermen we glorify? Shouldn’t you be doing a story on the fishing industry as a whole? What about the large lanes of no life that are created by dragging very large nets on the sea floor for miles and miles picking up everything and anything so Amercans can have all the fish they can eat?

Boycott all sea food unless you catch it your self with a rod and reel.

Jul. 28 2009 01:49 PM
Esther from W. Hempstead

What can we as ordinary people do to combat this? Would donations help?

Jul. 28 2009 01:44 PM
JT from Long Island

Does this include dolphins that perform at aquariums like Sea World?

On a trip recently we were encouraged by friends to make sure our son got to swim with the dolphins. I had just heard about "The Cove" and just couldn't do it. Luckily my son wasn't too interested at the time so it wasn't a problem, but at some point I'll have to tell him how those dolphins got there. Same for circus elephants, etc.

Jul. 28 2009 01:43 PM
Jerry from NY, NY

well, we kill pigs, cows and other mammals in far more bigger #'s every day. I guess that's O.K.

Jul. 28 2009 01:41 PM
Debbie from Woodmere

Where can I donate to help fight against this horrible mass murder?

Jul. 28 2009 01:39 PM
Steve from Morristown

I cant believe this! Why do we allow the Japanese to get away with this? They have no respect for life of any kind. Horrible....

Jul. 28 2009 01:37 PM
Virginia from Bronx

Ric's comment about the dolphin's smile reminds me of Frederick Douglass's abolitionist lectures about how whites believed slaves to be happy because they sang in the fields. Douglass said he never knew a slave who sang from happiness; that the more engaged the singing, the more pain a slave was feeling. Thanks to Ric for that insight about our response to the dolphin's smile.

Jul. 28 2009 01:32 PM

Hey Leonard you must know - lately didn't you talk to the author of th recent NYT cover story about whales, who also wrote about chimps - they are waaaaaay smarter than the arrogant biped

Jul. 28 2009 01:28 PM
Phyllis from NYC

two was not enough.

Jul. 28 2009 01:28 PM
hjs from 11211

boycott japan. no cars no electronics no tourism no cameras etc

Jul. 28 2009 01:27 PM

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