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Wayne Pacelle and Joel Manby: Let’s finally put an end to dolphin hunting

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From September through March, every year, in the coastal waters near the small Japanese village of Taiji, a gruesome dolphin hunt takes place. Hunters aboard speed boats use noise to herd schools of dolphins toward shore, corralling them in a cove where they are surrounded by nets, manhandled by divers and most are killed. They are killed by driving a metal rod into the dolphin’s neck vertebrae to try to sever the spinal cord — a method that has been…

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2010 Oscar, Sundance winner subject Richard O’Barry at St. Petersburg screening Q&A for ‘The Cove’

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In the 1960s, Richard O’Barry was the original trainer of dolphins used in the Flipper TV series, which led to a worldwide obsession with the seemingly playful aquatic mammals. It also created the multi-billion dollar industry in Taiji, Japan that, on the surface, seems happily devoted to the dolphin entertainment industry, but has a “dirty little secret.” The documentary follows O’Barry’s attempt to expose the truth about the slaughter and the selling of the animals’ heavily mercury-tainted meat as counterfeit…

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2010 Oscar, Sundance winner subject Richard O’Barry at St. Petersburg screening & Q&A for ‘The Cove’

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In the 1960s, Richard O’Barry was the original trainer of dolphins used in the Flipper TV series, which led to a worldwide obsession with the seemingly playful aquatic mammals. It also created the multibillion- dollar industry in Taiji, Japan. that, on the surface, seems happily devoted to the dolphin entertainment industry, but has a “dirty little secret.” The documentary follows O’Barry’s attempt to expose the truth about the slaughter and the selling of the animals’ heavily mercury-tainted meat as counterfeit…

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