SERIOUS MONDAY: JAPANESE WHALERS UNDER CLOSE SURVEILLANCE

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During the first week of December, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will embark on its fourth expedition of the remote southern coast of Antarctica. This will be the latest of its defense campaigns to intervene against the Japanese whalers that target nearly 1000 whales including the endangered species of humpback whales. The campaign: Operation Migaloo, is named in honor of an endangered albino humpback that has become a national icon in Australia. According to Shepherd, the Japanese harpooners are set square on the endangered humpbacks, meaning Migaloo and other humpbacks are under imminent threat of death at the hands of Japanese whaling vessels.

The founder and President of Sea Shepherd, Captain Paul Watson will embark with an international crew on the ship Robert Hunter to enforce international conservation law and prevent illegal slaughter of endangered species. Sea Shepherd will turn the tables, hunting the hunters with an objective of intervening against their illegal activities.

“I did not establish the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as a protest organization,” said Captain Watson. “I have not gone to sea over all these years to simply bear witness to the atrocities that whalers continue to inflict on the most gentle and intelligent beings in the seas. We are sea cops- operating legally under the guidelines of the United Nation’s World Charter for Nature which allow for the enforcement of international conservation law by non-governmental organizations in international jurisdictions.”

For more than three decades, Sea Shepherd has been at the forefront of the whale wars, defending the gentle giants wherever and whenever they can. Sea Shepherd has overcome overwhelming odds with insufficient resources and saved thousands of whales. During the 2005-2006 season, they harried the Japanese fleet enough and they went home 83 whales short of their self appointed quota. In 2006-2007 they went home short 500 whales of their illegal quota. This year, Sea Shepherd will return with new equipment for intervention, in a ship to match the speed of the Japanese vessels, with an international crew of dedicated volunteers, willing to spend their holidays, to save whales.

“We are obsessed with stopping the Cetacean Death Star, that viciously cruel killing machine otherwise known as the Nisshin Maru, and her ruthless fleet of hunter/killer boats armed with their explosive deadly blunt harpoons,” said Watson. “Because if we kill the whales, the sharks, the seals, and the sea turtles, we will destroy the very foundation of life in the oceans and in so doing, we will destroy humankind.”

To find out more about Sea Shepherd visit their website.

Dawn

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