Ric O’Barry, activist and star of Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, delivered a petition signed by 1.7 million people from 155 nations to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the same week the annual dolphin hunt documented in the film began anew in Taiji. O’Barry was accompanied by 40 volunteers from countries including the U.S., Canada and Australia. Upon his visit to the Embassy, he stated that President Obama should apply pressure on Japan over the hunt when he visits in November. O’Barry did not make it to Taiji during his visit, according to the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), the non-profit organization founded in 2005 by Cove director Louie Psihoyos. The OPS says O’Barry received ‘threats of violent confrontation’ regarding a potential visit to the town.
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