Sources <ul><li>Ric O'Barry's “The Cove” presented by the Oceanic Preservation Society ( http://www.thecovemovie.com/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>“ SeaWorld Has a Whale of Financial Debt in Their Financial Tank” written by Candace Calloway Whiting for the Seattle Pi ( http://bit.ly/fnGd80 ) </li></ul><ul><li>The National Marine Fisheries Service's Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972 ( http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/laws/mmpa.pdf ) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Image Search </li></ul>
The 2009 Documentary “The Cove” was widely accepted by audiences in the United States. “ The Cove” won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2010.
Ric O'Barry falsely claims that he trained dolphins for the “Flipper” television series. Ric was hired on the “Flipper” television series as an Underwater Camera Specialist. Ric eagerly accepted the opportunity to help “babysit” the dolphins in between shots for “Flipper”; no employees were specifically hired to train dolphins.
Every year, about 2,500 dolphins are brutally killed in the small fishing town of Taiji, Japan. Most of the dolphins are used for meat. Only about one percent of the captured Taiji dolphins are shipped to aquariums.
Dolphins cost about $200,000 U.S . Killer whales cost about $2,000,000 U.S .
“ The MMPA prohibits, with certain exceptions, the "take" of marine mammals in U.S. waters and by U.S. citizens on the high seas, and the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products into the U.S. ” (Source: National Marine Fisheries Service)