There’s one group of environmentalists that no one could ever accuse of just sitting around and talking. That’s Sea Shepherd. Perhaps you’ve heard about the anti-whaling protesters who were taken prisoner on board a Japanese whaling ship in Antarctic waters. Sea Shepherd is their organization.
Sea Shepherd’s mission is to protect the environmental integrity through “innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.” They regard the Japanese whale hunt as illegal, and so have sent their new ship, the Steve Irwin, named after the deceased Australian of Crocodile Hunter fame to the Antarctic to harass Japanese ships trying to hunt whales. Two protesters from Sea Shepherd boarded a whaling ship, the Yushin Maru, and were held prisoner there, with plans to transport them to Japan to face charges of piracy.
However, the Australian government intervened, and sent a ship of its own to take the prisoners back from the Yushin Maru. Now, the cold-sea games between the Yushin Maru and the Steve Irwin are set to begin again.
Paul Watson, Captain of the Steve Irwin says, “Every day that we stop the whalers is a victory. We will continue to intervene, harass, block, and obstruct the whalers at every opportunity.”
Whatever you think about that mission, it’s worth finding out more about Sea Shepherd from the source.