I have been a long time supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
What they do for the worlds most endangered creatures is extraordinary and I am very thankful for the fact that they put their lives on the line to do this.
I could go on and on about the countless numbers of animals whose lives were spared from poachers by Sea Shepherds, or their vigilant watch over the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan that has brought awareness of it to the world, but the tally of whales saved by their antarctic interventions alone speaks volumes.
In the last 9 seasons, Sea Shepherd has saved over 3600 whales in the Southern Ocean from illegal whaling by the Japanese. Yes, you heard that right. Over 3600 whales swim free because of their direct intervention against illegal whaling by the Japanese.
As a result of Sea Shepherd’s tireless effort year after year in the Southern Ocean, the International Court of justice revoked Japans permits for “scientific” whaling. “In a vote of 12 to 4, the ICJ ruled that the scientific permits granted by Japan for its whaling program were not scientific research as defined under International Whaling Commission regulations. It ordered that Japan revoke the scientific permits given under JARPA II and refrain from granting any further permits under that program.”
This was HUGE, and I have always prayed I would see this happen in my lifetime. Neptunes Navy never compromises.
Some people call us pirates. The fact is that Sea Shepherd has never harmed a human being in its existence. Nor has it ever gotten in the way of a legal activity on the land or seas. I am proud to always raise the Sea Shepherd flag on all of my boards and gear to represent. In Paul Watson’s words “Arrrg, we be gentle pirates because pirates get things done.”
Well done, gentle pirates!!
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