Crisis in Japan: How You Can Help

By Ric O’Barry

Japan has endured a natural disaster of epic proportions.  On March 11, 2011, the northern prefectures were rocked by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, by far the most powerful to strike Japan in recorded history.  The coastlines were then ravaged by a massive tsunami, so intense its power was felt on the other side of the Pacific.  Now, with search and rescue efforts still underway, the entire country is faced with the possibility of a full nuclear meltdown.  It’s unimaginable.

We have many friends and extended Dolphin Project family in Japan, and we also had volunteers just a few miles from the epicenter of the earthquake.  They witnessed an entire fishing town reduced to rubble in a matter of minutes.  They made it out safely, in no small part due to the overwhelming kindness of the Japanese people they met with along the way.  Many in Japan did not make it out, and many more still face an uncertain future.

We are dedicated to protecting dolphins and whales, but now is the time for us all to help our dear friends in Japan with their terrible ordeal.  As I’ve said from the beginning of our campaign, we are not against “Japan” or the Japanese people.  Our Campaign is not about hate, but about helping dolphins and the people of Japan.

If you can, please donate to help our friends in Japan.

Here’s a list of organizations and resources:

Japanese Red Cross:

Peace Boat:

Japanese Americans Citizen’s League:

Otsuchi Recovery Effort:

Japan Society:

Yoshiki Foundation:

Or find an organization you’re comfortable with here:

Google Crisis Response:

Charity Navigator:


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About Ric O'Barry

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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$.

Author: Ric O'Barry


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