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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Cove wins Oscar

THE campaign to highlight the plight of dolphins brutally butchered in an annual hunt in Japan is set to receive a major boost after documentary The Cove picked in a statue at the Oscars.

The Cove, which follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan.

Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.

The film highlights that the number of dolphins killed is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctic, and claims that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year.

The migrating dolphins are herded into a hidden cove where they are netted and killed by means of spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats.

During the Oscar ceremony environmental activist and star Ric O'Barry, who once worked as a trainer on the popular 1960s television show "Flipper", held up a sign as the team collected their award.

"It was a number to text where people can go to take action for the dolphins," O'Barry said. "It's not a protest sign, and I didn't mean to be disruptive, but there were a billion people watching."

Already more than 50,000 people have sent in text messages of support, O'Barry said.

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