Freedom for Dolphins Ireland Hosts Ric O’Barry

On July 16, Freedom for Dolphins Ireland hosted a screening of “The Cove,” and a Q&A with Ric O’Barry. Also in attendance at the Dublin event was Dolphin Project Cove Monitor Maria Nangle, Sam Lipman from Orca Aware and Samantha Goddard from the Born Free Foundation.

The evening’s discussion centered around the struggles dolphins face in captivity, and what we, collectively, can do to help them. With the start of the dolphin hunting and captive collection season in Taiji, Japan fast approaching on September 1, we ask that people use their voices to show the world that enough is enough.

A heartfelt thanks to Freedom for Dolphins Ireland for this successful benefit. And thanks to all who showed up to support the event. It’s grassroots efforts like these that enable Dolphin Project to continue the good fight.” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project

Watch as Keith Hutchinson interviews Ric and Maria in the video below.

Dolphin Project will once again be on the ground in Taiji for the entire six-month season, documenting and disseminating information.


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Video credit: Fungie Forever / YouTube

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About Cara Sands

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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.

A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.

It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.

Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!

"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands

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