HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 07: Animal activist Ric O'Barry (L) and director Louie Psihoyos accept Best Documentary Feature award for "The Cove" onstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ric O'Barry;Louie Psihoyos
The man who won an Academy Award this year for a documentary about Japan's dolphin slaughtering will be in Miami today for a peaceful protest.
Ric O'Barry, along with Whale Wars' Pete Bethune, paddleboarder Cynthia Aguilar and Trevor, a nine-year-old boy from Washington who launched a campaign to free the logest-held orca in captivity, will address the "healthy aquatic ecosystems free from human neglect" as part of a four-day series of events.
The protest centers around the Japanese fishermen's custom of luring dolphins into a cove in Taiji, Japan, where they're either killed for their meat or sold to zoos and aquariums.
O'Barry, who was also a former trainer for Flipper, spent three years documenting the process in "The Cove," for which the Coconut Creek native accepted a "Best Feature Documentary" Oscar.
Animal Planet ran with the success of "The Cove" and created the series "Blood Dolphins," which follows O'Barry on his mission to get the word out about what's happening in Taiji.
South Miami has already showed they've got his back, awarding him a key to the city and naming a four-block stretch of Southwest 74th Street "Richard O'Barry Drive."
The protest today takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Consulate-General of Japan, 80 SW 8th Street, Miami.