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Learn About Sea Shepherd From The Source

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.

3 comments to Learn About Sea Shepherd From The Source

  • There was a great article about Sea Shepherd in the New Yorker a few months ago. They also do a lot of work protecting the endangered species around the Galapagos islands. It was interesting how some nation’s navies help the Sea Shepherd boats(because the central american navies are so small they need all they help they can get if the environment is to be protected) and some navies chase them (because they’re paid by the poachers).

  • Tom

    True heroic action.

  • datahobo

    Heroic? LOL – equip a ship with a “can opener” designed to rip open a hull and sink a ship, then call yourself an eco-defender? How about the thousands of gallons of fuel spilled into the oceans? I’m sure they don’t do anything bad to the creatures in the sea…

    I will concede that Watson has some serious stones – I don’t know of anyone else who can blow up a ship at a dock and not get extradited for it.

    He claims to support Indian tribes – he was willing to sink one of the Columbus reenactment vessels unless he got a written apology to the Indian tribes from the *actor* who played Columbus. But then he goes and harasses the small Makah tribe who hunt whales for food. The Makah tribe went through all the proper legal channels and had a permit from the US/Russia jointly (as well as the IWC itself) to hunt 4 whales a year to feed themselves.

    Oh, and the two guys who were “kidnapped” – they jumped onto the deck with supplies to last them a couple of weeks AND they announced recently that they were successful in their plan to hide tracking devices on the ship (attach an electronic device to an airplane, and you’ll get instant jail time). The original story was that they were “only trying to hand an envelope to someone on deck”. Naturally, I always carry a couple of GPS locators in my pocket when I deliver mail.

    Heroes don’t threaten lives, oppress small Indian tribes (God knows they’ve been oppressed enough already), or blatantly lie in order to accomplish a goal. Using violent means to try to force your views on others has never worked. All you have to do is look at the Middle East to see that it’s true.

    Bold? Yes. Hero? Absolutely not.

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