A dolphin park with dolphin on the menu
In the town of Taiji, Japan there are plans to create a dolphin water park where dolphins not only serve as entertainment, but also meals. There was a documentary that came out back in 2009 titled The Cove which gave the world an inside look at the brutal slaughtering of the dolphins in this town. The film won an Oscar and did raise serious awareness about the Dolphin practices going on in Taiji, but it hasn’t stopped the town from continuing their inhumane ways.
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Trailer for The Cove
Unfortunately, it seems they’re now trying to really capitalize on their dolphin wrangling skills by creating some sort of freakish water park. They plan to section off different parts of Moriura Bay for not only dolphins but small whales also. The fishermen use huge nets and form a circle to trap and keep the dolphins enclosed. Visitors will be able to “ooh and ahh” over the living dolphins and whales, while in a separate area of the bay other dolphins and whales are being killed, turned into food, and served to visitors as well as the rest of the town.
The killing of these mammals involve brutally stabbing them to the point the entire shoreline is red with blood.
The dolphins then become meat for sale.
Playing devil's advocate here, I can see this issue from both sides. My feeling is it's just not right to hold these mammals in captivity for entertainment purposes and then brutally kill them later on for food. Yet I'm not a vegetarian, so what makes the death of one right and the other wrong? I could internally debate this all day, but I think the answer lies with seeing the situation from the town of Taiji's point of view.
Dolphin killing has been a part of their culture for hundreds of years; it's not inhumane or horrible to them. It's normal, just the way killing a cow for beef is "normal" to us. Because dolphin is not a food on our "cultural menu" and as society we've been conditioned through the likes of shows such as Flipper, dolphins are precious, intelligent, and loving mammals who are our friends not our food, we can't possibly be "all right" with the slaughter of them.
What do you think about this whole situation? Is this practice only wrong because we're not used to viewing dolphin as a food source, or it doesn't matter if we're used to it or not, it's just not right on any level?