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James Cameron angers animal welfare activists over Avatar dolphin show

Avatar Director James Cameron

Veteran director James Cameron is usually regarded as one to evade controversy. That seems to have changed now.

Press Tour In Japan

Cameron and his Avatar 2 cast comprising Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington travelled to Japan to promote the Avatar sequel. Avatar 2: The Way of Water has finally hit theatres, 13 years since ‘Avatar’ first released in 2009.

To promote the ocean-themed movie, James Cameron and the cast were at a dolphin show in Japan. Cameron can be seen saying “welcome to Pandora” to officially flag off the dolphin show.

Controversy Escalates

Before the show, Cameron joked that the dolphins partaking in the show surely consented to it. “I’m sure everybody asked their permission to be in the show.” This did not sit well with animal welfare activists and groups. Additionally, the dolphins were forced to perform and even had performers stand on their face. Nothing natural about any of this.

Dolphin shows are known to exhibit animal cruelty and hold dolphins captive. Dolphins who ideally deserve to be roaming the free seas of the world. Many lashed out at James Cameron for actively contributing to this inhumane practice. Especially, since the very foundational pillar of the Avatar films revolve around animal and marine conservation. Many fans were left disappointed at the abandonment of moral values and care of oceanic welfare at the cost of a few cheap tricks.

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Double-faced James Cameron?

What makes matters worse is the fact that James Cameron himself has been an advocate for animal rights for numerous years. He made changes in his own life-style by becoming vegan as well. Furthermore, Cameron produced the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove’. The Cove ironically touched upon the harsh reality of dolphin hunting in…Japan. Hypocritical to say the least.

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