English: Ric O'Barry in Los Angeles in June 2009.

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By Laura Bridgeman, Program Associate, Dolphin Project, Earth Island Institute 

The Dolphin Project has been working with Freedom for Dolphins and other groups in assessing the growing issue of captivity in Turkey. The governing authorities, namely the Turkish Prime Ministry and the Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, have been ignoring the flagrant legal and ethical transgressions regarding dolphins within their borders and coastal waters. 

Despite pressure from a growing local and international movement of dolphin-welfare advocates, government officials and powerful members of the captivity industry insist on illegally exploiting dolphins for profit.

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Blog: Update on Captivity Issues in Turkey | Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.