Dolphin Park To Damage Phuket's Reputation, Critic Says

A dolphin caught in a fisherman's net at Taiji Cove, Japan. [Photo: The Dolphin Project.org]

(Phuket Gazette)

PHUKET — Phuket stands to suffer widespread damage to its global reputation as a tourism destination if it allows the establishment of a dolphinarium in Chalong, said renown dolphin trainer turned animal rights activist Ric O’Barry, well-known for his role in the Academy-award winning documentary The Cove.

“Most of the [captured] dolphins today are coming from the cove in Taiji, Japan. An extremely violent process has to take place to get them to Phuket,” he told the Gazette in an exclusive interview last week.

“If Phuket actually imports dolphins from Taiji, it’s going to be a blemish on tourism in Phuket on an international scale, because Phuket will be supporting this dolphin slaughter.”

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