Ric O’Barry, former Flipper trainer and star of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, is asking that India take further steps to prevent the dolphin captivity industry from entering the nation.
“Since time immemorial, India has set the standard when it comes to having a compassionate attitude towards animals,” says O’Barry. “Enacting a ban on dolphin captivity will solidify their position as a global leader in animal welfare.”
As Director of Dolphin Project, O’Barry has worked for more than 40 years to end dolphin slaughter and exploitation. He is one of many renowned experts and scientists who are petitioning the Indian Minister of Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan, to implement a nationwide prohibition on dolphin captivity.
Natarajan is considering this prohibition in light of several captive facility proposals that are currently under review in the states of Maharastra, Kerala and others.