(Barbero's post has been translated by The Dodo)
Jennifer Berengueras, of the animal advocacy group SOSdelfines, who released the video to the public on February 3, maintains that the footage is real. "If we need to show the original images to a judge we certainly will," she told The Dodo.
Dolphin trainers, too, are turning on one of their own. The International Marine Animal Trainer Association (IMATA), of which Barbero is a member, awarded him the organization's People's Choice award in 1990.
But Linda Erb, IMATA president, told The Dodo that she finds the recent footage "appalling, heartbreaking and infuriating," adding that the organization advocates only for positive training techniques in its facilities. IMATA released a statement this week:
On February 4, 2015, IMATA's Board was made aware of a video that appears to show an individual or individuals yelling at, striking, and kicking dolphins ... We have yet to verify who the individuals are in the video nor been able to ascertain precisely what is taking place. However, we agree that the video is alarming and seems to indicate a trainer (or trainers) using unacceptable techniques.