A team of divers, filmmakers, and dolphin activists join forces to expose a brutal practice in Taiji, a coastal town in Japan. Every September, people representing Seaquaria the world over, meet in a cove to which thousands of dolphins are lured via a sound disorientation method. Marine parks representatives choose the specimens they want, mostly the females, and the rest, even calves, are harpooned to death.
It is estimated that in Japan, 23,000 dolphins are killed each year, and the meat, which contains dangerous levels of mercury (up to 20 times the level accepted for consumption from fish), ends up on occasions being given for free to school lunch programs, and/or sold in supermarkets.
As I saw the credits roll on, I felt consternation at how a first world country can kill animals that are recognizably smarter than us humans, for profit or sheer sport. I understand when third world countries poach valuable animals, either for profit or for survival, because even though I don't condone the practice I think that most times survival overrides ethics, in other words, they don't know better, which isn't the case at all in Japan.
The fact they do it, is shameful; that they cover it up is just criminal.