Dolphins, a beauty flying through the waves off the coast of Taiji Japan. but sadly they are being hunted. Every year 23,000 dolphins are massacred in Japan. Ric O'Barry an ex-dolphin trainer, and vigilante helped The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) reveal the horrors within Taiji Japan. The Dolphin slaughter in Taiji Japan must be halted immediately due to the immense amounts of mercury contained in these invertebrates, and killing dolphins are just morally wrong.
Killer whales, also known as orcas, are the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. In their natural habitat, killer whales have been described as docile and majestic creatures. Killer whales are known to travel in pods that are composed of matrilines. Matrilines are groups of whales connected by maternal descent. Relationships between killer whale calves and their mother are extremely close knit (“Behavior”). Beginning in 1965, SeaWorld – a marine zoo, began capturing whales from the wild to perform in shows for park visitors’ entertainment (“10 Things You Didn’t Know”). In the documentary Blackfish, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite urges and reassures audience members that keeping these large creatures in captivity is a horrible thing that is dangerous for both the whales as well as the humans that interact with them. To accomplish this persuasion, Cowperthwaite employs the use of rhetorical devices ethos, pathos, and logos to solidify her claims.
Approximately 20,000 dolphins are killed legally every year and thousands more are sold inhumanely in Taiji, Japan. The majority of these dolphins are sold to marine parks and aquariums around the world. Louie Psihoyos and Ric O’Barry’s eye-opening documentary The Cove raises awareness about the gruesome killings of dolphins in Japan. Ironically Ric O’Barry feels that he initiated this problem, as he was one of the first dolphin trainers/capturers in the 1960’s for the show Flipper. After witnessing the star, “Flipper the Bottlenose-Dolphin” commit suicide in his arms, he became a marine activist, which led to the production of this documentary to stop the problem he created. Louie and Rick expose the plight of the dolphin, the potential
Every year in the small town of Taiji, located in Japan, the lives of more than 1800 dolphins are compromised for the benefit it commercial industries. In this town, dolphins are consistently subjected to torturous and unnatural acts of mistreatment, are taken from their natural habitat and are abused in order to satisfy selected companies. These dolphins are chased into a small cove, and obtain either one of two equally terrible outcomes; being butchered or sold as show dolphins. This inhumane occurrence is financed by the Dolphin Captivity Industry, such as Sea World, and Marine Land, who pay approximately $150,000 per dolphin. The dolphins considered undesirable in this situation
The Cove (Louie Psihoyos, 2009) is a documentary, which follows activist Ric O’Barry and The Ocean Preservation Society to expose the brutal dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. The film constructs a sense of realism through naturalistic aesthetic codes and conventions. These conventions relate to the texts content, style, form and audience response and reception. The Cove employs these four levels of realism to construct a sense of authenticity and to position the audience into understanding a negative point of view portrayed about the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. The convention of content in the documentary concerns the implementation of true events, as well as the casting of real people. The style of The Cove focuses on the manipulation of
Mass dolphin murder is one of the many issues that are happening in our world today in the 21st century. The Documentary Called “The Cove” would make the viewers open their eyes of what this world is actually and the secret Taiji, Japan is trying to keep. It would show them why these activist struggle so hard to stop this social issue for the reason that fishermen’s murder dolphins behind the scenes in the cove of Taiji, SeaWorld’s organization and the captivities of the dolphins. Dolphin meat being sold to people without knowing and potential health risk. Lastly, activist being at risk from helping dolphins. These are the countless causes that dolphins goes through and how activist risk their life for a change in society.
For years the killer whale, also known as Orcinus orca, has been drawing the attention of the public through the entertainment industry. These marine mammals have been bringing in billions of dollars to amusement parks such as Sea World, but at what cost? An idea that these killer whales can live happily and content while in captivity may be going through the minds of the public, but this cannot be further away from the truth. To have such complex creatures in captivity is not morally correct and there are many points against it, such as their level of emotional competence, violence between the killer whales, violence of killer of whales towards trainers, shorter lifespans, physical harm, and their level of intelligence. After taking a look at how these creatures function and the conditions they are put in while in captivity, there is no question about whether or not these mammals should be kept in captivity; an experience such as this affects these marine mammals just about the same as it would affect a human because of their high highly developed emotions and complexity. Since these industries do not have a natural authority over these creatures no matter the cause, the best thing they could do for these killer whales is to stop capturing them and return those who are capable back to the wild.
Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite in the documentary, Blackfish (2013), argues that captivity triggers aggression in killer whales. Cowperthwaite supports her argument by demonstrating shocking footage and emotional interviews to present a convincing case against keeping these animals in captivity and for human entertainment. The author’s purpose is to show the problems that are caused by captivity in order to aware the audience that keeping killer whales in captivity affects their behavior mentally and physically. The author writes in resentful tone to Sea World, the people who visited Sea World, and those who were present during the killer whale incident. Gabriela Cowperthwaite argues that keeping killer whales in captivity at SeaWorld affects their mentality due to how they are being treated. She makes this argument by applying pathos, ethos, and logos.
Author’s Primary Claim and Summary of Main Points: The documentary “Blackfish,” delivers the story of a killer whale that, at a young age, was stripped from his mother, and was then taken to perform shows and live in captivity at the highly popular SeaWorld resort. Seeing this killer whale take several lives at SeaWorld, the producers of this documentary hope to reveal the mistreatment of these animals in captivity, exploit the problems that lie within sea-park industries, and show that man has still not learned from the past problematic occurrences with killer whales.
While many people have experienced the majestic showcasing of trained orcas in public displays at recreational parks such as SeaWorld, few have heard of the tragic events that these killer whales go through while in captivity. It is ironic that such family oriented companies like SeaWorld, who pride themselves in giving families experiences that they will never forget, can just tear families of killer whales apart and abuse them while training them. And although these public displays of trained orcas seem extraordinary through the audience’s eyes, it is time that the untold stories of these whales and the true dangers of training whales comes out into light.
Money and Ethics concerning the capture and containment of wild marine animals in captivity has been an ongoing issue that challenges the humanity and compassion of the human species. An observation can be supported through the documentary “Black Fish” which identifies the problems associated with making money from the entertainment and the exploitation of animals. The primary purpose of this documentary is to expose the cruel practices used by animal marine parks to create public awareness. Creating a voice for the animals by educating the public about the pitfalls of animals for commercial entertainment. Enlightening us about the individuals, to feel sympathy to both the orcas and trainers as they are represented as either naive or victim
The debate surrounding Makah whaling is a heated one to say the least. There are valid points on both sides of the argument, but there is one side I find to be more valid once the facts have been looked at. I will examine and present my findings regarding past and current laws and regulations related to whaling, types of whaling, other countries that take an active part in whaling (and why), as well as the Makah culture – both past and present. In this paper I will argue why the Makah should not be allowed to resume whaling, as it is unnecessary and could potentially put the grey whale species back on the endangered list.
"People always wonder whether I believe SeaWorld should be closed down. I always say no. They have tremendous financial resources and could play a key role in creating sea sanctuaries which could be a profit-making endeavor. I believe people would flock to a site where a killer whale is being a killer whale for the first time -- something infinitely more satisfying than seeing a killer whale dance the Macarena." - Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Cowperthwaite, the director of the documentary film Balckfish, is one of many that urges for change at the infamous marine park SeaWorld. For years on end SeaWorld has been a place of family fun and amazement; using one animal in particular as their spokesman and main attraction, Killer Whales. However, in recent years that image has gotten more than just a meager makeover. Over the past six years, following the tragic death of Dawn Brancheau, SeaWorld and the captivity of Killer Whales has been under serious scrutiny. There have been several findings of how captivity negatively affects these great creatures and the conversation of keeping Killer whales has only been gaining momentum. It is clear that the death of Dawn Brancheau is what sparked societies ideological shift, yet another key part in the start of this discourse is, without a doubt, the release of Gabriela Cowperthwaite 's documentary film Blackfish.
Commercial whaling is a serious world issue that has always been difficult for those who are in support and those who are against it. Each group defends their side with convincing arguments. Morally, whaling is wrong, but do the reasons for whaling outweigh the reasons to cease the primitive hunts? By studying the effects of whaling,realizing how culture has changed over time, and taking note of the money that would be saved, it can clearly be seen that there is no longer a current need for whaling to continue. Efforts have been made to try to stop whaling, but with no help from any authoritative figure,nothing has been done to regulate the whaling. The famous sea shepherd, known for its strikes against whaling, can even be seen on