It might not be finding the US box office man expected, but Louie Psihoyos is finding bigger victories. This article in The Western Australian reports that Broome Shire will sever a sister city relationship with the Japanese town depicted in the film as hosting the killing of more than 2000 dolphins a year. More than 50 people, who packed the council chambers’ public gallery, greeted the decision with a standing ovation:
Broome Shire president Graeme Campbell said council’s unanimous decision was to “respectfully advise” the town of Taiji that Broome would be unable to fulfil its obligation as a sister town while the dolphin killings continued. But he said the shire recognised the role Taiji played in developing Broome’s pearling industry in the 19th century. As part of a raft of council resolutions, councillors noted the national and international pressure placed on the shire to end the relationship. The council also resolved to it would like to commit to developing alternative economic opportunities with the Japanese town. Pressure had been mounting on the Shire of Broome to end the relationship with Taiji, where 26 dolphin hunters run a secretive operation to fill its government-sanctioned quota of 2300 dolphins. Broome resident Una Baker, who attended today’s meeting, said she had been consumed by the horrific slaughters since watching the film, ‘The Cove,’ which exposes the killings.