The Cove

Sean and I tried to beat the heat here in Hotlanta by staying inside. We started the day with an early-morning jog and then we had a quick breakfast. After that I lifted weights and then headed out by the pool so Sean could play his video games. At about noon it was WAY too hot for me to even handle the heat. That, and I was getting rather hungry.

For lunch, I had a banana-mango-dark chocolate peanut butter smoothie. It was tasty and really hit the spot after a morning in the sun. Shew, it was toasty out there.

Sean and I went to run some errands and we could barely stand how hot it was. I had to have been almost 100°F outside.

After we got back, I asked Sean to find the documentary “The Cove” on Netflix. I’ve read about this on a blog that I like to read called Peas and Thank You.“The Cove” is a documentary made to expose the horrific dolphin-killing operation going on in Taiji, Japan. They essentially wrangle the dolphin in to this hidden area, have dolphin-trainers from around the world come pick out dolphins they think are worth training, and then the fishermen kill the rest.

The people of Japan don’t really know what’s happening because the local and national government keeps it a giant secret. The killing also takes places in a giant alcove where no one can see how the dolphins are killed.

The production crew takes on the fishermen and governments and plants hidden cameras and microphones to discover what’s going on in the hidden cove.

What they find is devastating.

This is the scene in Taiji, Japan. Every. Morning. That’s how many dolphins they kill every day. After the show dolphins are chosen. The rest are herded into the cove and speared to death. You can see their bodies writhing around in pain and you can hear them screaming.

It’s horrible.

The thing is the Japanese people don’t even know this is happening. Also, the Taiji fishermen are selling the meat which has an EXTREMELY dangerous level of mercury. They are selling it under other labels, because dolphin meat isn’t even considered a good meat in Japan. So, essentially people are buying dolphin meat, thinking it’s some other kind of fish meat and exposing themselves to dangerous levels of mercury.

One of the documentary’s narrators offered to pay the Taiji fishermen what they would receive for their work if they stopped. They refused, claiming that killing the dolphins was “pest control.”

The thing that got me was that we kill our meat in factory farms the same way they’re killing the dolphins. We’re just rounding them up and slaughtering them. Boom. Boom. Boom. Heartlessly.

I think Sean and I need to consider a mission to strongly reduce our meat consumption, because animals have personalities. Just like my cat does, and I can’t imagine eating my cat. The only difference between the chicken that’s been fed hormones and antibiotics, de-beaked and stuffed into a slaughter-machine and my cat is that I have a relationship with my cat.

What we’re doing to animals in order to satisfy the McDonald’s demand is heinous. We need to be more accountable for how we live and the foods we eat.

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