Following his arrest on August 31, 2015 in the town of Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan for allegedly not carrying a passport, Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project was released after spending the night in jail.
Tired, but in good spirits, he said over the phone that his arrest, “only brought more international media attention to the plight of dolphins in Japan.”
O’Barry believes that the combination of elevated pressure on Taiji, and Japan’s, “extreme, right-wing, radical government,” is currently placing Westerners at risk.
“They’re trying to get all Westerners,” he said, “and the orders are coming from higher up — not the local police. We have always had a good relationship with them.”
Free to focus on the mission again, O’Barry had only one thing on his mind, “I gotta get four hours sleep and get back to the cove,” he said.
Hundreds rallied outside the Japanese embassy in London. We raised our voices for the dolphins that are slaughtered and taken captive in Taiji, Japan. We also stood in unity for a wonderful, brave man – Ric O’Barry.