Ric O’Barry to Receive Prestigious Bambi Award in Germany

Nov. 10th Live Broadcast in Europe to Reach 5 Million

Ric O’Barry, Campaign Director for DolphinProject.com and star of the hit documentary The Cove, will receive the oldest and most prestigious media award in Wiesbaden, Germany – the Bambi Award – on November 10th. 

The awards show will be broadcast live during prime time throughout Europe to an estimated audience of 5 million people.

While Mr. O’Barry is pleased to be receiving the award, more important is the chance to reach such a wide audience with his message:  Don’t buy a ticket to a captive dolphin show or swim with captive dolphins!  Dolphins should be free and left to live their lives in the wild.

Other winners in the past of the Bambi award include Bill Clinton, Meg Ryan, Keanu Reeves, Tommy Hilfiger, Queen Rania of Jordan, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Britney Spears, Kate Winslet, Orlando Bloom, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Ric’s and Dolphin Project’s efforts to protect dolphins from being slaughtered in Japan was the story of The Cove, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary and has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records for winning more film festival awards than any other documentary in history.

The Bambi Award was established in 1948, and is awarded to people who have had an enduring effect on audiences and the public and have made the world a better place

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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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