The Good and the Bad News

By Ric O’Barry
Director
Dolphin Project

Two new developments today for the dolphins in Taiji: One is very good, and the other is more of the same bad stuff.

I was thrilled to see that Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Airways, wrote a blog about the dolphin hunts in Taiji.   His words carry a lot of weight in the world!

“Hopefully,” Richard concludes, “pressure from young people in Japan will stop the slaughter of two of the most beautiful species in the ocean, the dolphin and the whale.”

He included a Japanese translation of his blog.  You can read the full blog here.

 

By the way, our dear friend Leilani Munter had a lot to do with that blog — she spent some time with Richard and his staff and showed them all The Cove documentary.  Leilani isn’t just fast in a race car — she’s fast in getting attention for the plight of the dolphins, and we love her for it!

 

Sadly, the dolphin hunts continue unabated in Taiji.  Our volunteer Cove Monitor, Cynthia Fernandez, reports that more Pacific white-sided dolphins were caught for captivity today – between ten and twelve, Cynthia believes.  One died in the capture process, and the rest will spend their lives in captivity.

People like Richard, Leilani and Cynthia are doing all they can to help stop the dolphin slaughter in Japan.  I appreciate their efforts so much. 

I’ll be heading to Japan myself shortly with my son Lincoln to pitch in.

Thanks again to all of you who donated to our work last year.  I am hoping 2013 will see the end of the hunts.  By working together, we can end it!

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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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