There have been no updates lately due to my body and schoolwork hating me, but I would like to give a big shout-out to Jess for making me feel like this blog is cool enough to be worthy of an update.
Last week some friends and I went to see The Cove, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary this year. Despite being interested I have to confess to being a bit skeptical at first, but this movie completely blew my mind. It was surreal in its intensity; I can’t believe things like this are actually happening. The movie also found time to be funny, though, and explained things in a way that I think any viewer could relate to.
One of the things discussed in the movie in relation to the dolphin slaughter in Taiji is the IWC (International Whaling Commision), whose main job is to protect whales and similar species from danger of extinction. In the film, it is revealed that there is a ban in place to protect hunting large Cetaceans (whales) there is no such ban for small Cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises), leaving them vulnerable to cruelty and/or extinction. Though this was shocking, I was most shocked to check my email the day after seeing the film to discover that the IWC is planning on lifting its large Cetacean hunting ban.
Even if these politics do not interest you (to be honest, they didn’t have much pull for me prior to seeing the film), you should really see The Cove.