'Blood Dolphins' won't show in Japan


TOKYO – “Blood Dolphins,” the Animal Planet documentaries by Ric O’Barry of "The Cove" - that premiered last month in the U.S. -- will not get an airing on the Japanese version of the channel.
 
“We don’t show all the content from Animal Planet in America, and we won’t be showing that program,” a staffer at Animal Planet Japan told The Hollywood Reporter, “Our audience is largely made up of women and children, so we tend to focus on programs with cute animals.”
 
The first of the three documentaries was shot in Taiji, which O’Barry made infamous last year through his Oscar-winning film.
 
O’Barry has been Japan to draw attention to the annual dolphin hunt which begins on September 1, though has stayed away from Taiji on this visit. He claimed he has been threatened by nationalists not to go to the small fishing village, but has also said, “maybe it is time for us to back off," and let local people find a solution to the issue.
 
At a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Monday, O’Barry acknowledged that nationalists who had demonstrated against “The Cove” had given it huge publicity and helped boost its boxoffice in Japan.
 
"I'd like to thank the right-wing protesters for making the movie so popular," said O’Barry.
 
Last week O'Barry presented a petition against the dolphin hunt containing 1.7 million signatures to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
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