SEASPIRACY

In June there are several important dates for the environment such as:

  •                         05th- National trails Day
  •                         05th- World Environmental Day
  •                         07th- World Food Safety Day
  •                         08th- World Oceans Day
  •                         15th- Global Wind Day
  •                         17th- World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  •                         18th- Sustainable e Gastronomy Day
  •                         22nd- World Rainforest Day
  •                         29th- International Day of The Tropics

On our blog you can find some articles written over the past year about some of these dates. Please visit https://roobags.com.au/blog/ and discover more.

We would like to invite you to watch the controversial documentary released this year, called Seaspiracy. Directed by Ali Tabrizi, a filmmaker from Kent.

The documentary highlights the fishing industry, its predatory methods and thousands of unnecessary deaths, including controversial issues such as the shark fin market in China; a salmon farm in Scotland; human rights abuses in the Thai fishing industry; and an investigation into dolphin-safe tuna can labels.

Tabrizi is passionate about the sea, particularly whales and dolphins. He starts by researching the pollution caused by plastics, as plastics are killing whales and many other marine animals. But he discovers that people still kill whales, which takes him to Taiji, a Japanese cove where dolphins are butchered and captured without mercy (strong scenes, it’s literally a bloodbath). In fact, what fishermen want is the bluefin tuna, also known as the most expensive fish in the world, whose population has been almost completely decimated.

Obviously, the powerful industries involved in the allegations that the documentary reveals rushed to say that the data presented by Tabrizi are wrong, that the excerpts from the interviews presented were taken from the original context, that Tabrizi is not a scientist. In short, they tried to discredit all the work produced, making us believe that it is a work of fiction, full of lies. The main criticism is that the prediction that the oceans will be empty by the year 2048 will not happen.

Without wanting to take sides and being careful not to write a story with an ideological nature, those responsible for the blog at Roo Bags understand that the main point of the documentary is not the percentage of correctness of the predictions presented in it, but rather verifying if in fact some complaints presented are true or not.

For example, does the shark fin trade exist in Hong Kong or is it fiction that this city is known as “Shark Fin City”? We know that approximately 50% of the world’s shark fins are exported through Hong Kong ports.

Is the claim that some sustainable fisheries certifying organizations, such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), receive thousands of dollars in funding from giants like Unilever, which is a company that makes a lot of money selling seafood, a lie or a truth?

The interviews with former fisher slaves that describe the torture and exploitation they endured while working on the fishing boats, is it true or a lie? Is there slave labour in some fishing companies in Southeast Asia or not?

The documentary really makes a very serious link between large-scale commercial fishing and the global drug trade and human trafficking.

For these and many other reasons we invite you to watch the documentary ‘Seaspiracy’ which is worth seeing.

It’s a film that brings discussions that need to be made, whether pleasant or not, whether we agree or not, but it takes us back to some reflections. We must rethink what we are going to eat for lunch or dinner. After all, what is the origin of what we put on our plate? or deeper still, how will we eat our meals in the future?

Thank you for reading this blog and watching ‘Seaspiracy’.

Please share your thoughts!

Cheers,

Andrea Luz

CEO of ROO BAGS®

 

 

Sources:

https://www.greenqueen.com.hk/netflix-seaspiracy-review-if-you-can-still-eat-fish-after-watching-this-film-were-not-made-the-same/

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/24/movies/seaspiracy-review.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/31/seaspiracy-netflix-documentary-accused-of-misrepresentation-by-participants

https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/seaspiracy-review-fact-and-fiction-meet-fish-in-controversial-netflix-documentary/article34229848.ece

 

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