Ric O’Barry, the man who trained Flipper more than 30 years ago and then started the world movement to end the capture and killing of dolphins, was just in Tokyo to protest this year’s dolphin hunt. While there, he presented a petition — with more than 1.7 million signatures — against the dolphin slaughter.
Star of the movie, The Cove, O’Barry now has such notoriety in Taiji, where the dolphin killings take place, that it is no longer safe for him to return. But O’Barry says it’s thanks to the backlash against his actions in Japan that have led the movie to garnering a great deal more attention than it would have otherwise received.
If the killings can be stopped, O’Barry wants to help Taiji find other sources of income, such as tourism.
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