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Watch 'The Cove'

We watched the documentary, 'The Cove', last night. I've never been so horrified in my life. Nor felt so terribly tainted by childhood trips to aquariums and dolphin shows.

As a diver, and a fairly educated individual (hey, I can admit to huge gaps in my knowledge!), I know there's quite a lot of unsavoury and illegal practices that goes on in regards to aquarium stocking. That people's demand for 'pets' or for food has an incredibly high impact on the natural environment and the wild population of species out there. It's one of the reasons I encourage the boycotting of that Chinese tradition sharkfin soup and try to eat sustainable meat and fish.

But THIS? This was just beyond any understanding of that implication.

I highly recommend everyone watch this, if you haven't already. But be prepared for very graphic and awful footage. It really gets to you. I'm not someone who anthropomorphises animals, but there's still an unemotional and rational argument that can be made for the wholesale (literally) slaughter of a species.

You can read a good review of it here.

And man, if I already thought that the politics of the IWC (International Whaling Commission) was farcical, I never realised to what extent the corruption.



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Jul. 23rd, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
I know about the movie & I have to admid I could never watch it, because it would break my heart. Being a vegetarian & avoiding going to a circus & stuff is the best I can do (I guess).
Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah it really would break your heart. It's incredibly awful. But I feel all people should watch it if only to inspire some passion and rile some righteous action. I think too many people avoid things that they feel would make them uncomfortable, and then complacence ensues.

I eat meat but I try to be sustainable about it, and source more ethical and local produce. There's always the issue of food mileage too, which applies to vegetable and fruit. I definitely feel that you need to know where your food comes from. I hate that people are so removed from the food chain when they can just wander into some sterile, massive supermarket and just pick up some random hygenically-packed product and never think about the living, breathing creature from which it came.

If you're not willing to kill what you eat, then you shouldn't be allowed to eat it. It's why I can't wait to have that farm and grow/raise my own food.

I have regular donations to animal and environmental charities, if only to assuage some of my guilt for not being more actively involved!
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