Ric O'Berry recently traveled to Taiji, Japan with the high hopes of making progress with Mayor Sagen to stop the killing of free dolphins and the selling of toxic meat. O'Berry was hoping to end the slaughter, and find an alternative job for the Taiji dolphin fishermen so they could continue working and making money for themselves and for their families. However, Mayor Sagen has taken back his world. He originally promised to allow the Japanese and international media representatives the right to inform the Japanese people about the dolphin slaughter. Recently, he has enforced severe restrictions that has taken away the Japanese and international media right to expose the information.
Ric O'Berry was very disheartened by Mayor Sagen's actions and made the decision to leave the conference and go back to Taiji, Japan and continue his fight to free the dolphins were the atrocities are taking place. O'Berry has made it clear that he is not partaking in the boycott of Japan because he thinks its counterproductive and will only set back the progress they have made. He hopes to continue fighting to free the dolphins and educating the Japanese about the poison in the meat that they often consume.