The American cartoon South Park is taking on the Japanese whale and dolphin hunting industry in a new episode entitled “Whale Whores” premiering on Wednesday, October 28 at 10:00 p.m. on Comedy Central.
In the satirical episode, Stan and his family attempt to spend his birthday at the Denver Aquarium so they can swim with the dolphins. Things turn bloody when the Japanese attack, kill all the dolphins and ruin Stan's big day. The cartoon highlights the link between swimming with dolphins and visiting marine parks to view aquatic life and the reality of how dolphins and whales are captured and slaughtered in Japan.
The award-winning documentary The Cove recently brought global attention to the grim reality of how dolphins are captured for marine parks. Every year in Taiji, Japan thousands of dolphins are driven into a hidden area behind fences and barbed wire. Then trainers from marine parks around the world fly in and pick their favorites and pay extraordinary prices for the dolphins. The public is allowed to watch the trainers select their dolphins, but not when the remaining creatures are herded into another area and slaughtered. It is estimated that each year Japanese fishermen slaughter more than 20,000 dolphins.
Via Comedy Central