Ric O’Barry is guest of honor in the Dominican Republic

“I am humbled to have been the Guest of Honor of former President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernandez. Dr. Fernandez and the Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival, as well as multiple screenings of The Cove in several cities here have ensured that no dolphins from Japan will ever enter this country.”

~ Richard O’Barry, Director of The Dolphin Project


There are five captive dolphin facilities in the Dominican Republic and a sixth has applied for a permit. Most of the dolphins were captured in Cuba. Ocean World Casino tried to import twelve dolphins from Taiji but the permit was denied, thanks to Dr. Fernandez. Certainly there is more work to be done. If the importation of wild dolphins from Cuba can be stopped, it would be a major breakthrough towards halting the dolphin slave trade.

Ric received a special recognition from the Academia del Cine República Dominicana (ACRD), presented September 11, for his dedication and commitment to the eradication of torture practices to marine mammals, as well as the release into the environment of all dolphins and whales that are kept in captivity.


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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.

A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.

It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.

Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!

"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands

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