NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Investorideas.com (www.investorideas.com), a global news source covering leading sectors including the environment and water recently conducted an exclusive video Q&A interview with Ric O'Barry, author of Behind the Dolphin Smile and founder of the Dolphin Project (www.Dolphinproject.net). He is also the recognizable face of the award winning documentary, The Cove. Ric shares recent updates from Taiji, Japan and discusses the current state of cetaceans globally and the work that still needs to be done.
Ric openly shares his passion for saving dolphins and other cetaceans and through the interview, listeners can get a personal insight of what drives him to travel the globe for this cause.
He also talks about the activist within all of us and how to unleash it for a cause we believe in.
He is confident the world is changing for cetaceans due to documentaries like The Cove and Blackfish and how consumers are driving change in the corporate world as evidenced by the drop in attendance at SeaWorld (NYSE: SEAS). He also said the tide is shifting as corporations like Virgin Airlines are severing ties to aquariums stating, "I have never seen anything like this before."
He went on to say, "It's just not about the dolphins. It's as much about the children and the mis-education that this is where dolphins belong; to amuse us. It serves to perpetuate our insidious utilitarian perception of nature."
The interview was conducted by the Investor Ideas team, led by Cali Van Zant in Miami, FL at Ric O'Barry's home following his return from Taiji Japan and the Dominican Republic.
Investorideas.com interview with Ric O'Barry:
Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project
The goal of Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project is to put an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter once and for all. Dolphins are regularly captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. The Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters in countries around the world, but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation, and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.
The Dolphin Project has achieved many important victories for dolphins over the years. We brought the world's attention to brutal drive hunts taking place along the coast of Japan, as seen in the 2009 Academy Award-winning feature documentary "The Cove," ; we successfully negotiated for an end to dolphin slaughter in the Solomon Islands; we and we continue to raise awareness that captivity is cruel.
Ric O'Barry has been working towards their goals for over 40 years, and he continues his quest to put an end to dolphin suffering
To Donate to The Dolphin Project: http://dolphinproject.net
About Ric O'Barry
Richard O'Barry 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 that 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 Dolphins.
See also: Investor Ideas recent commentary on the park board decisions after speaking at the board meeting about the Vancouver Aquariums cetaceans in captivity (Vancouver aquarium and park board article http://www.investorideas.com/news/2014/main/07303.asp)
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