November 1st, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Ric O'Barry

Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry, subject of the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” will meet Tuesday with officials from the Japanese city of Taiji, where hundreds of dolphins are slaughtered each year after being herded into a secluded bay.

The meeting comes as part of a forum organized by the Association to Contemplate Taiji's Dolphin Hunt. The group, which includes the local fisheries union as well as politicians, says it’s not seeking a debate on the slaughter but rather hopes to “exchange relevant particulars in the first instance,” according to an Agence-France Presse report.

O’Barry, who once trained dolphins on the 1960s' TV show “Flipper,” said he and his Earth Island Institute “will continue to address these issues with respect for the people of Japan and will work with them to solve these problems.”

On his blog, he called on Japan’s government to tell its citizens what’s happening in Taiji, where he said the fishermen capture some of the dolphins for sale to aquariums and stab to death the rest.

“The Japanese people must be made aware of the killing of dolphins, which has been covered up by their government. ... The dolphin slaughter cannot be a Japanese cultural practice if the vast majority of the Japanese people don’t even know it is happening,” he said.

The meeting is open to the media but not to the public, according to AFP.