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Protesters have shown up at the distributor’s office in downtown Tokyo, shouting slogans. But many Japanese have never eaten dolphin or whale meat, and are horrified by the butchering of dolphins in “The Cove.”

“The documentary was shocking for Japanese,” said Akihiro Orihara, 40, who runs vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo and attended O’Barry’s reception. “We need information to be able to make our decision.”

O’Barry said he has not given up and plans to be back every year.

“Cruelty shouldn’t be the tradition or culture of any nation,” he said.



“The Cove”:

O’Barry’s “Blood Dolphins” on the Discovery Channel: