Dolphin and Whale Killing in Japan: A Bad Practice on the Species


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Dolphin and Whale Killing in Japan: A Bad Practice on the Species

In the history of Japan, whale and dolphin killing is among the most practiced activities. As evidenced in the documentary film, The Cove, Japan’s dolphin hunting and whaling is a predominant culture in the country. Since the film is told from ocean conservationist’s perspective, the practice of hunting these oceanic organisms seems to threaten their posterity. As revealed in the film, migrating dolphins and whales from the Atlantic Ocean seek refuge in hidden coves along Japan’s Coast line where they are netted and killed afterwards for commercial purposes. As it is brought out in the film, this practice exposes high degree of cruelty of human beings, and thus the practice is not necessary for the sake of preservation of the endangered dolphin and whale species. This paper explores the practice of whale and dolphin killing in Japan in the viewpoint of The Cove film.

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