ICYMI: This week on The Dougherty Report, Elizabeth finally gets to speak with her cousin Ric O’Barry. In 1964, Ric was hired to train the dolphins called “Flipper” on TV. Just a few years later, the lead dolphin “committed suicide” in his arms and Ric’s life would change forever.
Featured in the Academy Award winning movie “The Cove” Ric O’Barry heads the DolphinProject.com an organization dedicated to protecting the lives of dolphins and orcas worldwide.
On January 18 2016, Ric attempted to travel to Taiji, Japan to document the “dolphin season” and instead of being issued a “tourist visa” and allowed to travel the country, the Japanese government detained Ric and began deportation proceedings.
Meanwhile in “The Cove” hundreds and hundreds of dolphins are being herded into a fenced-off inlet, the best looking dolphins are moved away and the others are slaughtered. The water in “The Cove” runs bright red with blood and the Japanese government looks the other way. Why? Because animal amusement parks will pay up to nearly a quarter of a million dollars for a single dolphin.
Whenever we look at a perplexing story, we are reminded of the old saying from the Watergate era; “follow the money.” As we followed the trail, we see connections between SeaWorld, (where Ric has been arrested countless times for protesting) it’s parent company The Blackstone Group, and even caught in the net is the US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy! Obviously, we will “follow the money” more as this story progresses.
Listen, as Elizabeth talks to her cousin Ric O’Barry.