Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sea Shepherd

My husband and I have supported Sea Shepherd and their missions to protect animals for years. Sea Shepherd has experienced some recent fame due to the "Whale Wars" series on Animal Planet, however they are by no means new to the animal conservation world. The Sea Shepherds lead by their fearless captain Paul Watson confront Japanese whaling ships as they illegally hunt for whales in the frigid waters of Antarctica.

According to the Sea Shepherd website, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization established in 1977 whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. "Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas."

The Japanese whaling ships continue their annual hunts by claiming to be conducting research with the Institute of Cetacean Research. The ICR claims to be conducting scientific research on whales however they sell the meat of the whales they hunt. Whether you agree with the Sea Shepherds methods - stink bombs, prop-fouling ropes, and interfering with the whale hunts - they have brought major media attention to the devastating and illegal whale hunts.

This week the confrontations between the whalers and the Sea Shepherds escalated when a whaling ship collided with the Shepherd's boat the Ady Gil shearing of the bow. The Ady Gil was valued at 2 million dollars and is a complete loss.

Join others such as the Dalai Lama, Bob Barker, author Farley Mowat, Brigitte Bardot, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grateful Dead, and Third Eye Blind in supporting Sea Shepherd at

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