Since Earth Day 1970, Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project has been the world’s leading charity fighting to protect the well-being of dolphins.  From helping garner worldwide attention to Japan’s brutal slaughter of marine life in the 2009 film, “The Cove”, to encouraging a ban on SeaWorld and other businesses that exploit dolphins and other marine life, Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project has inspired us all to be better friends of the planet.

Recently, the Dolphin Project team went to Taiji, Japan to protest and document the atrocious and vile slaughter and capture of countless innocent dolphins. Dedicated to revealing the truth, the videos and reports left no harrowing detail of the hunt undisclosed.

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Although the senseless mass slaughter of these dolphins has ended for the year, the hundreds captured have been forced into a miserable fate of captivity. The dolphins featured in the video above are just a few who are learning the harsh reality of what their new existence looks like.

As highly intelligent creatures, these captive dolphins are suffering immense mental and emotional trauma in addition to the physical trauma that’s been cruelly inflicted upon them. Those who survived the meaningless attacks are sold for upwards of $155,000 to for-profit animal shows and parks.

Money talks, and you have a say in fighting this global crime. Help spread the word that buying tickets to Marine Parks and swim-with-dolphins businesses supports cruelty in the worst way imaginable.

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For more ways to get involved, visit Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project website.