It looks like the filmmakers of The Cove can claim a victory in the dolphin killings occurring in Japan, scheduled each September. From EW’s Pop Watch:
Yesterday, O‚ÄôBarry returned to Taiji for the start of the dolphin killing season, but this time, he says, ‚Äúthere were no dolphin killers in sight.‚Äù Granted, this time he came with a small entourage of international journalists, including members of the Japanese press, so only time will tell whether the practice is over for good. But like¬†Super Size Me (which seemingly got fast food restaurants to offer more healthy choices on their menus),¬†and An Inconvenient Truth (which injected global warming into the mainstream discussion in a big way), the makers of The Cove can feel proud that at the very least several dozen dolphins are alive today thanks to their efforts.
Then again, who is going to want to go and hunt with much of the US watching? It would have tossed gasoline on that fire in a big way. Source: various Twitterers.