No Successful Hunts in Taiji

By Ric O’Barry
Director
Dolphin Project

While I’ve been in Canada, attending the last big demonstration of the season at Marineland in Niagara Falls with hundreds of activists, Sakura, our volunteer Japanese Cove Monitor in Taiji, has informed me that no dolphins have been killed this past few days (she has been back in town since last Thursday).

The boats went out on Friday, but returned without any dolphins.  On Saturday, a local festival was held in which the dolphin hunters participated.

Sakura has been unable to get information on what happened to the pilot whales that were herded into the Cove a week ago Friday.   She had to leave town for prior commitments.  We are still hopeful she can get the inside scoop from some of our Taiji sources who are willing to tell us (off the record) what the dolphin hunters are up to.

More Cove Monitors are on the way to spell Sakura and her Japanese friends.  I appreciate all their time and dedication to helping us in monitoring the activities at the Cove, many traveling on money out of their own pockets or that they raised themselves in special fundraisers.

Our Cove Monitors keep the pressure on the dolphin hunters, the town leaders and the Japanese government, knowing that the dolphin hunts are being watched by the whole world with the help of Save Japan Dolphins and all you readers who pass along this information to others.

 

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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$.

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