Join Dolphin Red Letter Day
By Ric O’Barry
One of our young supporters has come up with a unique idea to get the attention of Japanese authorities this summer, and we are helping get the word out.
Sandy Shell came up with the idea when she learned that July 16th in Japan is “Marine Day”, a special celebration of the ocean and hopes for prosperity for maritime Japan.
She wants this year’s July 16th Marine Day in Japan to be a Dolphin Red Letter Day, when the leaders of Japan get thousands of red envelopes with messages asking politely that Japan end the killing of dolphins and whales. Each red envelope symbolizes one dolphin that sadly died in the waters of Japan.
Sandy suggests sending off the envelopes the week of July 1st, so they will arrive in time for July 16th. You can get more information on her website, including the addresses of the Japanese Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries:
Sandy also urges you to help her spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.
I think this is a great idea, and a good example of what a person can do to help. All it takes is one red envelope!
My thanks to Sandy and to all the folks who will participate in Red Letter Day for Dolphins!
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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$.
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