TO many he was the ‘dolphin king’, a gifted trainer with a magical relationship with the much-loved marine mammals. But within a matter of months in 2015, Jose Luis Barbero went from the top of his game to public enemy number one, after a video emerged of him allegedly abusing dolphins in captivity. The Spaniard, who worked with the sea creatures for over three decades and was widely respected, appeared to kick and hit the animals in the grainy clips. A barrage of online abuse followed, with Barbero and his family receiving death threats, and the scandal culminating in him reportedly taking his own life. The trainer was found dead in the car park of a Spanish airport in an apparent suicide , aged 59. Many believed the whistle-blowers – who expressed zero remorse when the news of his death broke – were justified in their means to bring attention to the cruelty faced by dolphins in captivity. READ MORE IN WORLD NEWS REAR MISS Inside world's most controversial pageant Miss Bumbum…Ronaldo saga & on-stage row DAD’S FIGHT I hired kidnapper to snare daughter’s killer – but some felt I was the villain But questions arose about the validity of… Read full this story
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