Two Videos: The Good and the Bad
By Ric O’Barry
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project
Two recent videos show the stunning contrasts in our Campaign to Save Japan Dolphins. One is of slaughter and blood. The other is of hope and the future. Which scenario do you prefer?
In May, the Japan Fisheries Agency extended the season for the Taiji dolphin killers to hunt pilot whales. (Ironically, one of the excuses the dolphin killers used to justify the extension is to claim the presence of our Cove Monitors and other organizations in Taiji interfered with their hunts. In fact, of course, there was no interference at all.) Our volunteer monitor Brian Barnes was in town to assess the impact of the earthquake and tsunami on the dolphin hunts, so he was able to film the terrible pilot whale “hunt”. I warn you that this video is very graphic:
Fortunately, that is not the end of the story, by any means. All around the world, people are standing up to oppose the dolphin and whale hunts in Japan and elsewhere. We are seeing much progress in our Campaign.
I was in Canada last April, invited by the students of Christ the King Secondary School in Georgetown, Ontario, (with MAST Academy in Miami, FL, plugged in via Skype) to attend their wonderful Sonar2Voice event. There were student rock bands, student speakers, and plenty of fun, all aimed at getting high school students involved in saving our planet. Here is the video, made by the students themselves in their video classroom:
So, which scenario will we seen continue into the future?
My bet is with the students. Students around the world are contacting us, forming Cove Clubs to spread the message. You can go to the Sonar2Voice website to learn more:
On a personal note, I had a wonderful time, and want to thank all the students who made it possible. These kids are great, and the great hope of the future!
Photo of Ric in Gym addressing students by Sonar2Voice.
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- BREAKING: Taiji’s Drive Season Over - February 28, 2017
- 2016: What A Year It Was! - December 15, 2016
- Dolphin Sabbatical Project: A Social Experiment for Captive Dolphins - June 17, 2016
- Statement on Morgan by Ric O’Barry - June 9, 2016
- Op Ed: Is it Okay to Go Back to SeaWorld? - March 31, 2016
- Addressing the Confusion about Angel - March 26, 2016
- Exclusive: Message from Ric O’Barry - February 8, 2016
- What Will 2016 Hold For Dolphins? - December 15, 2015
- The Finland Four - November 28, 2015
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$.