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Ric O'Barry of THE COVE in Puerto Rico for Dec. 13th event

Richard O�Barry, Director of Earth Island Institute�s Dolphin Project, international Marine Mammal Specialist, who was featured in the 2009 Academy Award winning documentary, THE COVE, will be visiting Puerto Rico next week, on Tuesday, December 13th, for a special public screening of THE COVE, and to speak out against the dolphinarium being planned by the city of San Juan.

The screening will be of the Academy Award-winning documentary, The Cove, which depicts the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, and the support of the international captive dolphin industry for the hunts. O�Barry is the star of the documentary and will follow up the screening with answering comments and questions from the audience. He will also address the opposition to the dolphinarium currently being planned by the City of San Juan.

Further details including screening venue and time will be forthcoming in a full press release.

All preliminary media inquiries and interview requests can be directed to the following individuals:

Glen Venezio,

Animal Concerns Puerto Rico,

(also a member of Comit� por Delfines Libres de Puerto Rico)

San Juan, PR

787-723-1629

email glen.venezio@gmail.com  (or simply hit REPLY to this email)

AND

Comit� por Delfines Libres de Puerto Rico--

Carla Cappalli : email carlacappalli@yahoo.com

Laura Coss: 787.612.8950

Further inquiries about Ric O'Barry, THE COVE, and related efforts on behalf of marine mammals worldwide,

can be directed to

Mark Berman, Associate Director,

Earth Island Institute, (International Marine Mammal Project and Dolphin Safe Tuna program)

Berkeley, California,

email berman@earthisland.org
(510) 859-9146

Ric O'Barry bio:

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 who 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 Dolphin$.

In January 2006, O�Barry became Marine Mammal Specialist for Earth Island Institute, where he is also the Director of Earth Island Institute�s Dolphin Project and Save Japan Dolphins Campaign.

Further info about Ric O'Barry and THE COVE:

http://dolphinproject.org/

http://savejapandolphins.org/

http://www.thecovemovie.com/

Further info about the efforts to prevent captive dolphins in Puerto Rico:

http://www.delfineslibres.org/

and

https://www.facebook.com/nodelfinesencautiverio

Thank you!

Glen Venezio

Animal Concerns Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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