Could 2015 be the year of the dolphin?
This week I am in our nation’s capitol. Today, I meet with members of the Obama Administration at The White House to personally deliver over 1 million signatures to end the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, join us on Friday, April 17th at the nearby Ronald Reagan Center for a special public delivery of the petition.
After seven weeks reporting on the ground from the infamous “Cove,” testing dolphin meat for PCB’s and welcoming the first Cove Monitor Kids, I traveled to Quintana Roo, Mexico. Eighteen dolphin abusement parks currently operate there, with more on the drawing board.
Although the dolphin drive season has ended, other marine mammals including Dall’s porpoises and pilot whales continue to be hunted. As such, we will continue to do everything in our power to expose the atrocities that are happening in Taiji, Japan.
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Most of the dolphins captured in Taiji are shipped to dolphinariums inside Japan. The second biggest market is China. I will be traveling to Beijing, China next week to give a series of lectures and help bring media attention to the issue.
Our message to the Chinese public remains the same as to the rest of the world:
Don’t buy a ticket to a dolphin show.
Earth Day (April 22nd) marks Dolphin Project’s 45th anniversary. We’ve come a long way, and have finally reached a tipping point where it’s no longer publicly acceptable to have captive orcas and other dolphins. But there is much work yet to be done. We promise to continue leading the charge. Over the past 45 years, the Dolphin Project has pioneered the readaption & release of captive dolphins back into the wild. We have made the protocol available for others to replicate.
Every day I am contacted by people in virtually every part of the world to help a specific animal in need; to kick-start a campaign to protect dolphins or to support an ongoing initiative to improve the lives of dolphins, both captive and wild. And although I cannot be everywhere at every time, I do travel 12 months of the year, lending support and expertise whenever—and however—possible.
Each and every request I receive for assistance is taken very seriously, but is only achievable with your help. We are completely funded by you. And each time you donate to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, know that you are aiding the longest-running, most active, anti-captivity dolphin welfare organization in the world.
We know you share our mission and support direct action, so please… become an Animal Hero for dolphins with your monthly gift today!
For the Dolphins, Always,
Founder/Director of Dolphin Project
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Ric O’Barry, Dolphin Project Founder & Director has worked on both sides of the captive dolphin issue, making him an invaluable asset in the efforts to end exploitation. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it.
In the 1960s, O’Barry was employed by the Miami Seaquarium, where he captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. He also trained Hugo, the first orca kept in captivity east of the Mississippi. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.
From that moment on, O’Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry and has been going at it ever since.
Over the past 40 years, Ric O’Barry has rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries around the world, including Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas Islands and the United States. He is a leading voice in the fight to end brutal dolphin hunts in Japan, the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands, and wherever else they occur.
O’Barry has been recognized by many national and international entities for his dedicated efforts, such as being voted Huffington Post’s 2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer, and being listed on O Magazine’s 2010 Power List – Men We Admire for his “Power of Passion.” O’Barry received an Environmental Achievement Award, presented by the United States Committee for the United Nations Environmental Program. He has done countless interviews with such prestigious news programs as Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, the Mike Huckabee Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
His book Behind the Dolphin Smile was published in 1989; a second book, To Free A Dolphin was published in September 2000. Both of them are about his work and dedication. He is the star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and the Animal Planet television series Blood Dolphin$.