You know, if I were a dolphin, I might tell you the troubled story like this,
In waters we live the lie, die
in parkland still, men with their knives
lurking in coves, bare mind contrives
wonted route, obstacles defy
loud cry in trance, artful sound dance
treacherous motives, you imply
effete cetacean archives
stacking, as we live the lie, die.
Until dawn, might live the lie, die
or with valet who arrives
turn props, captivity derives
deception of smile, doesn’t comply
the ail, strain, intellect in drain,
hoarding wealth, slaughter, don’t deny
water bloody red, spiking knives,
in waters, seeping the lie, die.
It is rather obscure to say that I am glad I happened to see “The Cove“, since the tragedy that it commemorates is slaughter of 23,000 dolphins in a year. The place I’m referring to is Taiji in Japan where at secretive, prohibited coves, mass murder of wonderful, intelligent beings is at unprecedented levels. The dolphin’s sensitivity to sound is exploited, by encircling groups with sound created by tapping poles, also referred to as wall of sound in film and guiding them to the cove. The town is the largest supplier of dolphins to marine parks and “swim with dolphin” programs around the globe, and I could understand if they were to do just that i.e., export caught dolphins to such programs (not that I love the idea), but why slaughter?
The fact that Japanese people eat whales and not dolphins (as far as I know), and since, they are not liable to change their culture and traditional eating habits, is no excuse for killing such large number of dolphins. Japan has been practicing self-censorship on the story, hence the outlook of the world to that of people in Japan would differ, and also the hunt of dolphins, not publicized in Japan has left most of the people clueless on the matter. The Cove documentary, has raised all sorts of debates, some of them being, why prefer one being over another, for instance dolphins over cows or buffalo, just because they are more intelligent, give pigs a try! Also, Taiji has been categorized as a Slaughter house and nobody likes slaughter house, if you were to see the tragedy of chickens or the slaughter of cows which happens behind the walls, you might back out (to them, atleast make Taiji public first!).
I am not joking here, and I do take the issue seriously. The fact that about 95% of dolphin deaths are attributed to humans is a cause of concern, because we are intelligent beings and its our responsibility. If we are to shrug off, then may be there is no point building national parks on land, water or anywhere, for Lions, Tigers, Dolphins, Whales and no one. It would be foolish to give some people enough power to change the course of other species, because, hey someone might say ‘kill the dolphins, who needs them, they are no use, we cannot eat them and on top of that they eat all smaller fishes we eat’. So, did you see, such conducive thinking is a remedy to the disaster the world is trying to avert. I am not telling to be selfless and let live others and not think about our own being, because all we do is think about ourselves, but I do agree that “Every entity in nature has some intrinsic value”, and unexampled experimentation with nature might not earn gold, its a risk, calculated or not is a mystery.
As for “The Cove”, the documentary did try to rationalize the political regime extensively and lost touch from the ecological value. But, I guess it was important, they were onto something. The shot for me, that really got me, was film captured by underwater cameras sighting “water turning red”. I don’t know, if the film has had any effect but it seems none or limited, I never came across any news on this subject, or may be I was dormant, but hey, if you find time “watch and get curious!”