Resorts World Sentosa CEO Snubs Ric O’Barry
Who would refuse the chance to speak with Ric O’Barry, renowned hero to millions of people and dolphins around the world? No one in their right mind would– that is, unless you are a company trying to exploit dolphins for profit.
This was the unfortunate scenario that played out in Singapore on Monday. Ric wished to appeal to Resorts Word Sentosa’s compassion in order to convince them to discard their plan to enslave the 25 remaining dolphins currently being held in the Phillippines (two of the original 27 that were caught have already died in captivity). These dolphins, which were taken from the wild off the coast of the Solomon Islands, are slated for a life of mundane servitude and sterile environments at RWS – and are also anticipated to bring in millions of dollars each year for the company.
Ric attempted to schedule a meeting with the company’s chief executive, Tan Hee Teck. Upon arriving at their offices, however, Ric was informed that neither he nor any of the senior management staff were available to meet him. On a Monday morning, no less!
Ric will continue his work against companies like RWS, alongside organizations such as ACRES who initially brought the Sentosa 25 dolphins to international attention. While Ric may have experienced on small setback on Monday, public outcry against RWS will ultimately save these dolphins and the many others in captivity around the world.
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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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