Japan arrests ‘Flipper’ trainer as dolphin hunt starts

Animal rights activist Ric O'?Barry stands by the cove in Taiji town, the location of a controversial annual dolphin hunt, in Wakayama prefecture, western Japan on November 1, 2010Japanese police said Tuesday they had arrested US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", near the town of Taiji as it kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt. "We had a report that he was drinking alcohol and driving, so officers were dispatched to find him and check his breath," a local police spokesman told AFP. O'Barry, who appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" which drew worldwide attention to the small town of Taiji, has frequently visited the community to protest against the dolphin hunt.

September 1, 2015 8:42 am

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