Amid mounting pressure from protesters, screenings of The Cove have been canceled across Japan, according to treehugger.com. The Oscar-winning documentary is being labeled by angry picketers as a "betrayal of Japanese pride." The Japanese distributor of the documentary cited concern for moviegoers' safety as the cause for the cancellations. Check out director Louis Psihoyos's response in the video above.
The documentary, which investigates the Japanese whaling industry, has significantly raised awareness of the presence of whale meat in sushi restaurants and fish markets worldwide. For more on The Cove, read our breakdown of the film.