richard o’barry sues japanese aquarium that has a baby albino dolphin in captivity

by Tim Phillips

In the 1960s, Richard O’Barry captured and trained dolphins to perform tricks. In 1970, on the first Earth Day, O’Barry launched the Dolphin Project, a campaign against the dolphin captivity industry. Over the past 40 years, O’Barry has rescued and released more than 25 captive dolphins.

O’Barry is also a leading voice in the fight to end dolphin hunts. He’s one of the activists featured in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, which follows a covert mission to expose the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan. According to an article posted this morning, O’Barry is now suing an aquarium in Taiji for denying him entry:

The lawsuit filed by former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry says the Taiji Whale Museum refuses entry to Western-looking people who want to check on a baby albino dolphin it has in captivity. … Katsuki Hayashi, who heads the aquarium, says it routinely denies entry to non-Japanese activists, such as members of Sea Shepherd, who come annually to protest the town’s dolphin hunts.