Interview With Animal Rights Activist Ric O'Barry

05/05/10 Robert Lorei
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Our guest is Ric OBarry who will be speaking tonight at Baywalk Muvico in downtown St. Petersburg at a special screening of the award winning film THE COVE. It's a benefit for the Oceanic Prservation Society.

From his biography: "Ric O'Barry is a Marine Mammal Specialist with the Earth Island Institute. O'Barry has worked both sides of the dolphin street, the first 10 years with the dolphin captivity industry and the past 38 against it.

Working back in the 1960s for Miami Seaquarium, O'Barry captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, OʼBarry 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 in 1970 he founded the Dolphin Project. Dedicated to freeing captive dolphins who were viable candidates, the Dolphin Project educates people throughout the world to the plight of dolphins in captivity. O'Barry also launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry telling the public what was really going on at dolphin shows and urging people not to buy tickets to see dolphins play the fool."

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