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Maisie Williams: Stop going to dolphin shows

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/2/2016
In this photo released by DolphinProject, Maisie Williams monitors dolphin hunting boats in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. “Game of Thrones” star Williams, 19, wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows, the best way, she thinks, to stop the dolphin capture and killing in Japan. Williams spoke Friday from the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The Cove” an Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series. (Lincoln O’Barry via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo released by DolphinProject, Maisie Williams monitors dolphin hunting boats in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. “Game of Thrones” star Williams, 19, wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows, the best way, she thinks, to stop the dolphin capture and killing in Japan. Williams spoke Friday from the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The Cove” an Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series. (Lincoln O’Barry via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows. She says it's the best way to stop the capture and killings of dolphins in Japan.

In this photo released by DolphinProject, Maisie Williams watches Angel, an albino dolphin, at the Taiji Whale Museum in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. “Game of Thrones” star Williams, 19, wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows, the best way, she thinks, to stop the dolphin capture and killing in Japan. Williams spoke Friday from the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The Cove” an Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series. (Lincoln O’Barry via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo released by DolphinProject, Maisie Williams watches Angel, an albino dolphin, at the Taiji Whale Museum in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. “Game of Thrones” star Williams, 19, wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows, the best way, she thinks, to stop the dolphin capture and killing in Japan. Williams spoke Friday from the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The Cove” an Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series. (Lincoln O’Barry via AP)

Williams spoke Friday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in "The Cove," a 2009 Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series.

In this photo released by DolphinProject, Maisie Williams stands in front of a fence with notice boards beside the beach known for dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. “Game of Thrones” star Williams, 19, wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows, the best way, she thinks, to stop the dolphin capture and killing in Japan. Williams spoke Friday from the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The Cove” an Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series. (Lincoln O’Barry via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo released by DolphinProject, Maisie Williams stands in front of a fence with notice boards beside the beach known for dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. “Game of Thrones” star Williams, 19, wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows, the best way, she thinks, to stop the dolphin capture and killing in Japan. Williams spoke Friday from the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The Cove” an Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the "Flipper" TV series. (Lincoln O’Barry via AP)

Williams is the latest celebrity trying to save dolphins. Others include Brian May of Queen, Sting and Daryl Hannah.

She hopes her influence on social media, with 4 million Instagram followers, will help educate people about Taiji, including Japanese.

Williams, global ambassador for O'Barry's Dolphin Project campaign, says only a handful of Taiji fishermen are benefiting from the practice.

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