Leilani’s New PSA Supports Cove Monitors

By Ric O’Barry

Campaign Director

Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

On September 1, Lelani Munter will once again join the Save Japan Dolphins Team, volunteers from around the world and me at the notorious Cove, located in Taiji, Japan.   September 1st marks the beginning of the dolphin drive hunt season in Japan and is internationally known as Japan Dolphins Day, with events happening in major cities.

This year, Save Japan Dolphins will again have Cove Monitors stationed in Taiji throughout the hunt season.  Volunteers like Lelani will travel to Taiji during the season to film and record the slaughter and, in so doing, keep the international spotlight squarely upon the Japanese government and the so-called ‘fishermen’.  You will see their reports here on this blog.

However, this can be a costly venture – which is why we need your support!

Lelani has created a new video that describes the Cove Monitor program and discusses why it is so necessary.

Watch her video here:


Your continuing support and donations are vital to the success of our ongoing efforts.  I hope you can give generously to this campaign.

Beyond Taiji, the September 1st Japan Dolphins Day will see people gather in front of Japanese embassies and consulates in cities all around the world, to deliver the important yet respectful message to the Japanese government that we do not accept the brutal slaughter and exploitation of these wonderful animals.  Save Japan Dolphins is helping to organize Japan Dolphins Day once again; we encourage you to participate by finding an event in your city via the map link below:



Where will you be on Sept. 1?  Head to Taiji with Lelani and me, or your local Japanese embassy or consulate, to add your voice to the call for an end to the dolphin slaughter, once and for all.

Many thanks to Leilani and volunteers everywhere for all their efforts for the dolphins!

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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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