An Urgent Message from Ric O’Barry:

I need your help.  Some officials in the Indonesian government are planning to bypass our efforts to help captive dolphins and destroy a rehab program for as many as 50 dolphins now held illegally in Indonesian aquariums.  These few government agents plans to dump captive dolphins directly in the ocean, which may well kill or harm them, without any rehabilitation.

I need you to send a message to the President of Indonesia via the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC. and our friends the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October 2010 with the Indonesian Forestry Department to rehabilitate and release dolphins from a new center and sea pen built in Java’s Karimunjawa National Park, Indonesia.  The intent was to free dolphins that have been illegally captured and exploited by the aquarium industry.  Once the dolphins are coached to feed themselves on live fish, they can be released into the waters of the Park, from which they were likely poached.

But our efforts are being betrayed due to the influence of the dolphin capture industry in Indonesia.  Some government officials are now ignoring our MOU and plan to allow these aquariums to literally dump the dolphins back into the ocean without rehabbing them.  Furthermore, they plan to release only 3 out of dozens of dolphins kept illegally, just for the show of it.

As Pramudya Harzani, Director of JAAN states: “The new plan by these government officials would expose these animals to shock, starvation, and disorientation without proper safeguards and training.  The dolphins wont have the ability to survive without an adaption period within our sea pen where they can build up strength of their muscles and train to capture live fish again after spending over a year-and-a-half inside a tiny pool. JAAN with the support of Ric O’Barry and Dolphin Project has prepared all facilities, equipment and expertise, and now it’s up to the Indonesian Forestry Department to take the next right step – captive dolphins should be given to JAAN and Dolphin Project for rehab and release.  We need the help of the President of Indonesia to stop some government officials from destroying our work to help these dolphins.”



Call, FAX or E-mail the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC:


The Hon. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

Tel (202) 775 5200

Fax (202) 775 5365

Contact E-mail Form:

Urge the President of Indonesia to honor the MOU and provide captive dolphins ONLY to Jakarta Animal Aid Network and Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, which are the ONLY organizations in Indonesia with the expertise, equipment and facilities to care for, rehabilitate, and release captive dolphins back into the wild.

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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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