Ric O’Barry to Receive Prestigious Bambi Award in Germany
Nov. 10th Live Broadcast in Europe to Reach 5 Million
Ric O’Barry, Campaign Director for Earth Island Institute’s Dolphin Project and star of the hit documentary The Cove, will receive the oldest and most prestigious media award in Wiesbaden, Germany – the Bambi Award – on November 10th.
The awards show will be broadcast live during prime time throughout Europe to an estimated audience of 5 million people.
While Mr. O’Barry is pleased to be receiving the award, more important is the chance to reach such a wide audience with his message: Don’t buy a ticket to a captive dolphin show or swim with captive dolphins! Dolphins should be free and left to live their lives in the wild.
Other winners in the past of the Bambi award include Bill Clinton, Meg Ryan, Keanu Reeves, Tommy Hilfiger, Queen Rania of Jordan, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Britney Spears, Kate Winslet, Orlando Bloom, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Ric’s and Earth Island’s efforts to protect dolphins from being slaughtered in Japan was the story of The Cove, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary and has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records for winning more film festival awards than any other documentary in history.
The Bambi Award was established in 1948, and is awarded to people who have had an enduring effect on audiences and the public and have made the world a better place.