Taiji is the town in Japan that was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, the Cove, which I was fortunate enough to see a few weeks ago when SCDC showed it at one of their Thursday Club nights.I had been expecting it to focus on the gory dolphin clubbing. It did lead up to that, but the gore only formed a very small part of what was quite a powerful film, which, somewhat unexpectedly, I enjoyed.
Today the BBC website has an article by a girl who worked as a dolphin trainer in Taiji in the 1990′s. In it she writes of her reaction to the film and gives quite a lot of background on what happened there, and what it was like to work with captive dolphins. She is now opposed to dolphin hunting, and hopes that more Japanese people will see The Cove to raise awareness of what is going on.
The article is on the BBC website.