“The Academy Award, that’s the Japanese government’s worst nightmare.”
Ric O’Barry, trainer of 1960s TV superstar dolphin Flipper, began his career happily working with, and training marine mammals. However, after a life-changing moment watching one of these captive creatures die in his arms, he vowed to end the very practice in which he himself had been so involved-by any means possible. In that harrowing moment, he experienced a personal awakening, something he terms a ‘rebirth’ and began to fight for the rights of these mammals the world over.
This GreenHero has proven to be as good as his word. Most people know Ric O’Barry in the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary The Cove. But his journey to fame as an animal rights activist began in 1970 on the very first Earth Day. This is when he founded the original “Dolphin Project” and has since been an outspoken advocate for the rights of dolphins, especially their right to live freely.
The Cove saw Ric with a team from the Oceanic Preservation Society travel to Japan and plan underwater footage to record the slaughter of hundreds of dolphins on film. This footage brought this awful practice to international attention and has affected real change. So can you.
1. Donate and get involved: Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project
2. Sign the petition and together, our names can make some noise
3. Donate to Oceanic Preservation Society and help to make dolphin’s natural habitats a healthier and safer place
1. Ric is on Facebook, get updates and see what new projects he has on the go.
2. Send out some of this tweet and spread the awareness. We’ve made it easy, just cut and paste our 140 characters and show your followers the way.
Watch this before going to a dolphin show at the Aquarium http:// savejapandolphins.org/take-action/dolphins-in-captivity#geenheroes
3. To make a donation to the cause text the word “dolphin” to 44144
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