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  1. 1. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ‘SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY’ The ‘Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’ (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization 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. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. Sea Shepherd's primary mandate is to assume a law enforcement role as authorised by the 21-24 of the ‘World Charter for Nature’ as adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 9, 1982 which provides authority to individuals to act on behalf of and enforce international conservation laws (specifically- in Section 21 [paragraph E] it says: ‘States and, to the extent they are able, other public authorities, international organizations, individuals, groups and corporations shall: (e) Safeguard and conserve nature in areas beyond national jurisdiction’). The founder of Sea Shepherd: Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 by Canadian born Paul Watson who was the 8th founding member (membership no.007) of Greenpeace in the early 1970’s. Paul Watson and his lifelong friend Robert Hunter (Greenpeace membership no.000) were the first people to put their lives on the line to protect whales when Paul placed his inflatable Zodiac between a Russian harpoon vessel and a pod of defenceless Sperm whales. During this confrontation Paul looked directly into the eye of a harpooned and dying sperm whale and recognized a flicker of understanding in the dying whale's eye. He felt that
  2. 2. the whale knew what they were trying to do and he watched as the magnificent leviathan heaved its body away from his boat, slipped beneath the waves and died. This event changed his life forever so he vowed to become a lifelong defender of the whales and all creatures of the seas. In June 1977, Paul Watson resigned from the Greenpeace Foundation because of disagreements with the bureaucracy of the organization and because he saw a global need to continue direct action conservation activities on the high seas by an organization that would enforce laws protecting marine wildlife when no-one else would. He was chosen by ‘Time Magazine’ as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000. Paul Watson is the man Japanese whalers, Canadian seal hunters and illegal fishermen everywhere fear the most! Captain Watson said last year – “I have been fighting whalers since 1974 which is all of my adult life. I would dearly love to see whaling abolished before I die and if that means spending the remainder of my days fighting whalers on the high seas than that is what it will be”. Sea Shepherd against whaling: There is no industry on earth as horrifically violent as whaling. Whales die in prolonged unimaginable agony as blunt tipped harpoons smash into their backsides and shred internal organs. They may take up to forty minutes to die as they drown in a mixture of salt water and their own blood. They thrash and roll on the surface of the sea and scream piteously as they look up to see arrogant men gloating over their suffering. The ‘Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’ has been the most aggressive and most successful whale-saving organization in the world. Saving whales is what we do best and what we are most noted for. Our approach has been simple and straightforward: We don't protest whaling - we OPPOSE illegal whaling activities! SSCS in the last three decades has ended the careers of 9 illegal whaling vessels saving many thousands of whales and we have become famous for:
  3. 3. Ramming and disabling the notorious pirate whaler, the ‘Sierra’  Shutting down half of the Spanish whaling fleet  Documentation of whaling activities in the Faeroe Islands chronicled in the  BBC documentary Black Harvest Scuttling half of the Icelandic whaling fleet and destroying their whale  processing station Scuttling of the Norwegian whaling vessels Nybraena and Senet in harbour.  The illegal Norwegian whaler Morild, owned by the most notorious whale  killer Stienar Bastesen - was sunk. Sea Shepherd became a household name in Norway as a result. Challenging the Norwegian whaling fleet and Navy. The ‘Whales Forever’ was  rammed by the Norwegian destroyer Andenes, fired upon, and had two depth charges deployed under the hull. Although suffering significant damage, the Whales Forever prevented the Norwegians from boarding embarrassing the Norwegian authorities. Directly challenging the  commercial and illegal whaling by Iceland. Five consecutive years of confronting Japan's illegal commercial whaling  (thinly disguised as ‘Scientific Research’) in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary (AKA the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary) and in Australian and French Territorial Waters and Economic Exclusion Zones. Japan has consistently lied throughout its entire history of whaling. In Japan, DNA analysis of whale meat purchased at random has revealed endangered species, including fins, blues, humpbacks, and orcas, being sold in supermarkets. For years, Japan has denied bribing nations to vote its way at the annual meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and in 2008 proof was revealed that Japan has been paying the way for the Solomon Islands to participate in these meetings. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua confirmed what had long been suspected: Japan bought support in the IWC for its so-called quot;scientificquot; whaling program. In 18 years, the Institute of Cetaceous Research (ICR) (AKA - Japanese whale canning company) has only produced 4 peer-reviewed scientific papers which required the killing of whales yet they have killed over 19000 whales now for EACH scientific paper! In 2007/2008 Sea Shepherd again challenged the entire Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary in our newest ship the ‘Steve Irwin’ (formerly the ‘Robert Hunter’). During ‘Operation Migaloo’ our ship covered a total of 20,090 nautical miles and made 3 return trips from Melbourne, Australia to the coast of Antarctica in 3½ months. In total, the ship was at sea for 83 days and a total of 68 individuals from
  4. 4. 12 different nations participated in the voyages that season. The ‘Steve Irwin’ harassed and chased the 8 ships of the Japanese whaling fleet and saved the lives of over 500 whales resulting in the Japanese not even achieving half their quota and sending the Japanese fleet further into debt. In 2008/2009 Paul Watson commanded the ‘Steve Irwin’ in Operation Musashi against the entire Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic’s Ross Sea documenting Japanese illegal activity and intervening to shut down the whaling ships whenever Sea Shepherd was within range. The Japanese whaling industry spent a small fortune rigging their ships with anti-boarding devices, covering their ships with netting and installing long range acoustical weapons. They also spent a great deal of money to charter the Taiyo Maru No.38 to transport a special security force. The Steve Irwin pursued the Japanese whaling fleet for over 2000 miles between December 18th and January 7th disrupting their whaling operations for 19 days. The Steve Irwin returned and relocated the whaling fleet shutting down operations of the fleet for an additional 8 days. We can claim 27 days that we physically prevented the whalers from killing whales. This means many less whales killed and more whaling profits lost. The whaling fleet will not meet its quota for the fourth year in a row. The Yushin Maru No.2 suffered ice damage to its propeller while being pursued by the Steve Irwin. This took the harpoon vessel out of operation between December 20th and February 5th, for a total of 46 days. This will also reduce the number of whales killed and will cause a further loss of illicit profits for the whaling industry. Sea Shepherd crewmembers engaged the entire Japanese fleet in a dramatic two day confrontation that demonstrated the determination and the resolve of the entire crew to intervene against illegal Japanese whaling operations. The reaction to this year's campaign by the Japanese whalers was a revelation of their frustration and desperation by physically and violently attacking the Sea Shepherd crew.
  5. 5. Not a single Japanese whaler was injured and the crew of the Sea Shepherd suffered only very minor injuries. Our record of never injuring our opposition remains unblemished. We made the decision to withdraw in the face of escalating violence by the whalers because we could not control the situation with one ship against four vessels, three of which had greater speed and manoeuvrability. Sea Shepherd (the ‘Whales Navy’) opposes whaling by the use of unique tactics developed by Captain Paul Watson. Of course Japan and other nations condemn the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society condemns illegal Japanese whaling. That’s clear - we both condemn each other’s positions. Also the Japanese continually try to distract from the issue with their ridiculous charges of eco-terrorism.
  6. 6. Sea Shepherd currently uses carefully considered and measured tactics in order to prevent whaling activities. Since Sea Shepherd was founded Captain Paul Watson has not seen a whale die with his own eyes. In contrast the Japanese continue to kill whales in the presence of Greenpeace ships and with Greenpeace activists between them and the defenceless whales. The contrast in actions and effects between Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd is huge. Despite not having anything like the resources or money of Greenpeace, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society sole aim is to save the lives of the whales and Sea Shepherd is the most effective whale-saving organisation in the world. In the past Sea Shepherd ships have forced whaling vessels to run with glancing blows / calculated collisions of their ships (and the Japanese have done the same to both our ship the Robert Hunter and Greenpeace vessels). Using our ships, helicopter and Delta / zodiac craft we are known for disrupting the whaling activities by using marine smoke bombs, prop-fouling devices, stink bombs of rotten butter (AKA butyric acid, an organic mild acid safe for the environment) and has also trialled the deployment of the white powder hydroxy-propyl- methyl cellulose, the non- toxic food grade product that is used to coat pills which becomes very slippery in water.
  7. 7. The Japanese use the 'acid' term to convey the rotten butter chemical as a highly corrosive harmful substance which is not true. Butyric (the chemical which naturally form in rotten butter - hence the name) is very mild and is in fact less acidic than many chemicals that you eat in fruit. It is a non toxic liquid which is obnoxiously smelly and at worst will cause whalers to feel sick and make the whale carcass on the Japanese ship unsellable as a meat in Japanese supermarkets and restaurants. Despite pro-whaling media propaganda and unfounded claims to the contrary, Sea Shepherd has never been convicted of any felony/crime and has never injured or killed anyone. Sea Shepherd’s position will always be to protect and preserve all life which is why our ships are strictly vegetarian or Vegan (unlike Greenpeace ships). All Sea Shepherd campaigns are videotaped, and all of our actions are recorded. The Japanese can say what they like about our tactics, but the truth is in the tapes. We don't ask people to believe what we say, we ask people to judge the events by what they see. Recently Sea Shepherd features in Rob Stewart’s award winning documentary film ‘SHARKWATER’, our campaigns have been documented independently by the Animal Planet TV network in a series called “Whale Wars” which is being aired in 2008/2009 and over a thousand hours of video was recorded for the 2nd Season of Whale Wars by Animal Planet during Operation Musashi. This program has angered the Japanese whaling industry more than anything else we have done. With Whale Wars I & II we are reaching millions of people around the world to expose illegal Japanese activities. The first season of Whale Wars is a hit and the 2nd season will be even bigger. Captain Paul Watson also has two books currently in press called ‘Ocean Warrior’ and ‘Seal Wars’. We are not a banner-waving organisation and we do not employ any marketing tactics such as ‘mail-shots’ or ‘cold-calling’. We use freely given donations from our members and supporters for direct action campaigns. Sea Shepherd also has active major campaigns for Dolphins, Seals, Sharks, Turtles, and many other endangered marine animals across the world. How can you find out more? How can you support us and volunteer? - Visit our website at: