Shallow water, deep secret

On Jan. 26 the Animal Allies Club in conjunction with the Cinema Studies Club and Peace and Justice Studies Club sponsored a showing of the 2009 film “The Cove.”

“The Cove” is a documentary about the yearly dolphin slaughters that take place in the city of Taiji, Japan.

Jorgen Hansen, Co-President of the AAC, said he saw the film in Salt Lake City last year and wanted to bring it to Utah County so that more people would be able to see and experience the film. With close to 100 attendees Hansen was able to do just that.

When asked if he was previously aware of the dolphin slaughter, Rob Steffen, President of the Cinema Studies Club, said, “I knew nothing about [the slaughter], so it was pretty shocking.” The Cinema Studies Club works to bring many different types of films to students. They often focus on films that expose viewers to new ideals or issues.

After the showing the mood in the room was very somber. Many of those who attended had not seen the film and found it eye-opening.

“I feel motivated,” said Steffen. “I want to do something because it’s horrible. [The killing] can’t continue, it just shouldn’t.”

While the film was free, attendees were encouraged to donate to Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary. Ching is a no-kill nonprofit animal rescue organization for all types of animals, including farm animals. With 99 percent of their donations going directly to the animals, the sanctuary relies heavily on volunteer work.

For more information on the AAC or for information on future events email the club at animalalliesclub@gmail.com. For more information on how to volunteer, donate or for upcoming events at Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary visit www.ChingSanctuary.org

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