The mayor of the fishing village portrayed in the documentary "The Cove" defended local dolphin hunts as part of local tradition after the film's best documentary Oscar.
About 2,000 dolphins are killed in Taiji annually for their meat. The Japanese government permits about 19,000 dolphins to be killed annually. Some are captured and sold to aquariums.
Using underwater and sometimes covert photography, the film portrays the process of driving the dolphins into a cove and killing them. Its most memorable sequence shows a sedate underwater scene slowly filling with blood.
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