Ric O’Barry Cancels Trip To Taiji, Japan Amid Threats, Annual Dolphin Hunt Begins.

2 Sep

TOKYO — The star of “The Cove,” an Oscar-winning documentary about a Japanese dolphin hunt, is back in Japan to protest the slaughter but had to cancel his trip to the village at the center of the controversy because of threats from an ultranationalist group.

Instead, Ric O’Barry, the former dolphin-trainer for the 1960s “Flipper” TV show, is playing host to a reception Wednesday for some 100 animal-lovers at a Tokyo hotel.

On Thursday, he will take a petition signed by 1.7 million people from 155 nations demanding the end of the dolphin hunt to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, escorted by police security.

The 70-year-old had initially planned to take the petition to the Japanese Fisheries Ministry. That was also canceled on advice from Japanese police.

“I wish all these people could be in Taiji,” the small coastal village highlighted in the documentary, O’Barry told The Associated Press. “It was too dangerous. The big losers are the people of Taiji.”

read whole article @ The Huffington Post

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One Response to “Ric O’Barry Cancels Trip To Taiji, Japan Amid Threats, Annual Dolphin Hunt Begins.”

  1. Lou Van Duerm January 23, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Anisha Desai,

    Hi,

    My name is Lou Van Duerm I graduated college in may 2010 with an environmental biology degree and I am very interested in what you and your associates are part of. My heart and soul goes out to the wildlife of our planet. I feel that I would be a good asset to what the Earth Island Institute is trying to achieve. I am currently working for an environmental company that deals with environmental waste removal. Ideally this is not what I want to be doing with my degree. I am passionate about helping save the dolphins and the fish population in general whether it is dolphins, blue fin tuna or freshwater salmon. I want to be committed to saving the fish population and am willing to put my life on the line for the future wildlife of this crazy world that we live in. Taiji among other locations need to be stopped and I feel that I would be a great candidate to help with future projects. I am not asking for compensation, all I want is experience in what you are trying to prevent. I feel that I myself would be a great resource in what the Earth Island Institute is trying to prevent. As an environmental biologist I feel that a mammal, fish, and every other living organism on this planet should be guaranteed the same rights as a human, the right to live freely. I was touched by the programs that were put on planet green. I desperately want to be a part of what you Anisha and your organization have to offer.

    I have attached my resume for your perusal. Please take a look at what I have to offer and I really wish that you would give me a chance to become part of Earth Island Institute.

    Sincerely,

    Lou Van Duerm

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