Dedicated to campaigning for the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide
Who: Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project
Where: Santa Monica, USA (Global HQ)
What: Sign petitions and join campaigns to protect dolphins worldwide.
About: Dolphin Project is the longest-running anti-captivity dolphin welfare organisation in the world. It was founded by Richard (Ric) O’Barry on Earth Day (April 22) 1970. They aim to educate the public about captivity and, where feasible, retire and/or release captive dolphins. They actively campaign to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, with campaigns focused on specific institutions, such as aquariums, and geographical hotspots where dolphin hunts take place.
Find out more: Read the book ‘Behind The Dolphin Smile‘ – One man’s campaign to save the world’s dolphins.
The Dolphin Project has achieved many important victories for dolphins over the years such as negotiating for an end to dolphin slaughter in the Solomon Islands. They also grabbed the world’s attention to the brutal drive hunts taking place along the coast of Taiji, Japan, as seen in the 2009 Academy Award-winning feature documentary ‘The Cove‘.
Take action to protect dolphins today
1) Sign a Project Dolphin petition
2) Take a pledge to NOT buy a ticket to a dolphin show, swim with captive dolphins, or in any way support institutions that make a profit from captive dolphins.
3) Become a local volunteer activist. Form a ‘Cove Club’, host an informational booth, organise a film night and show “The Cove”, or go all the way and travel to Taiji and become a Cove Monitor.
4) Donate to the cause or plan a fundraiser.
5) Shop for Dolphin Project merchandise and marine themed gifts from clothing, to jewellery, educational material, and much more to help fund this not-for-profit organisation.
The next step: Visit Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project to take action today.
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