Entertainment June 6, 2012
Ric O'Barry On Why He Says Japan Proves The Myth About Dolphin Conservation And Marine Amusement Parks

Ric O'Barry, dolphin activist and star of the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Cove' talks to George about why he thinks it's wrong to say marine amusement parks offer opportunities for education and conservation - Ric believes that if that was true, Japan wouldn't treat dolphins the way it does.

He'll be in the red chair tonight, along with columnist Andrew Coyne and author Susan Cain.

On educational value for children:
What we do is bastardize the definition of education, it's actually a form of bad education. We're teaching the children that abusing nature is okay and that dolphins are performing circus clowns and that's all they are...Japan is proof that displaying dolphins has no educational value because Japan is the size of California and has 50 dolphinariums -- that's more than all of Europe. And if it was educational then the largest slaughter of dolphins in the world would not be going on in Taiji.

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