Sea Shepherd: The Slaughter has Begun in the Ferocious Isles

The barbarian butchers of the Danish Protectorate of the Faeroe Islands have begun their ghastly slaughter early this year with the bloody slaughter of 60 defenseless pilot whales. In a world where civilized nations come to the rescue of stranded whales, the one place on the planet that demonstrates no mercy is this group of islands situated between Scotland and Iceland.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be taking our ships to the Faeroes this summer to once again intervene to defend the whales from the thugs who slash, stab, and club these beautiful socially complex, sentient creatures.

Not all the Faeroese are heartless, however. A few brave souls are speaking out in opposition to their sadistic countrymen, and one of our supporters in the Faeroes sent us the photos in this update this morning. The supporter who sent these photos commented,  “I wish that Sea Shepherd was here. The killing was not quick and some whales took one to two minutes to die…terrible to watch.”

Sea Shepherd has gone to the Faeroes in the past, but this time we return stronger, better equipped, and more experienced than ever and we are returning with a technology that will serve the whales well this summer. In the meantime, until our ships can reach the bloody drenched shores of the Ferocious Isles, the butchers will have free reign to torment and inflict a vicious slaughter to entire families of gentle, wondrous cetaceans.

The Faeroes receive all the benefits of the European Union but consider themselves exempt from the laws of the European Union. The slaughter of the pilot whales is a violation of the Berne Convention. Iceland cannot join the European Union until they stop killing whales, yet the Faeroes are given an exemption by Denmark. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has joined forces with the Brigitte Bardot Foundation in Europe to bring the Faeroes into compliance with the laws of Europe.

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Sea Shepherd: Victory in the Southern Ocean Day for the Whales

Source: Sea Shepherd

It’s official – the Japanese whaling fleet has called it quits in the Southern Ocean, at least for this season. And if they return next season, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be ready to resume their efforts to obstruct and disable illegal Japanese whaling operations.

“The Nisshin Maru made a significant course change immediately after the Japanese government made it official that the whaling fleet has been recalled,” said Captain Alex Cornelissen from the Bob Barker. “She looks like she’s going home!”

The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker has been tailing the Japanese Nisshin Maru factory ship since February 9th making it impossible for the whalers to continue their illegal whaling operations.

“I have a crew of 88 very happy people from 23 different nations including Japan and they are absolutely thrilled that the whalers are heading home and the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is now indeed a real sanctuary,” said Captain Paul Watson.

The Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin, Bob Barker, and Gojira will remain in the Southern Ocean to escort the Japanese ships northward. “We will not leave the whale sanctuary until the last whaling ship has departed,” said Gojira captain Locky MacLean.

“This is a great victory for the whales,” said Captain Watson, “but we did not do this alone. Without the support of the people of Australia and New Zealand, we would not have been able to send voyages out for seven seasons from Australian and New Zealand ports. We are grateful to Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Greens Party. We are very grateful to Mr. Bob Barker for giving us the ship that turned the tide in our efforts to force the Japanese fleet from these waters. We are grateful to all our onshore staff and volunteers, supporting members and ship crews. We are grateful to the Chilean Navy and the government of France for their support. It is a very happy day for people everywhere who love whales and our oceans.”

It’s official – the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is over for this season and the whalers did not even take 10% of their quota. Sea Shepherd estimates that over 900 whales have been saved this year.

“It’s a great day for the whales,” said Sea Shepherd Chief Cook on the Steve Irwin Laura Dakin of Canberra, Australia, “and it’s a great day for humanity!”

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Hulde aan Sea Shepherd, Japan schort walvisvangst op

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Het ministerie van Visserij in Japan heeft haar walvisvloot teruggehaald uit het jachtgebied. De reden daarvoor is dat ze teveel worden lastiggevallen door de activisten van Sea Shepherd.

De afgelopen jaren maken zij jacht op de Japanse vloot waarbij ze het vangen van walvissen bijna onmogelijk maken.

Al weken wordt er nu geen walvis meer gevangen en halen de walvisvaarders nog geen 10 procent van het quotum.
Afgelopen dagen viel het kapitein Bob Barker van Sea Shepherd op dat de Japanse vloot ”als een fles in het rond draaide om te bepalen welke koers ze nu weer zou uitzetten. Er zit geen logica in deze koerswijzigingen. Ze gaan naar het oosten, naar het zuiden, dan naar het westen, naar het noorden en dan weer terug naar het oosten. Kortom, ze verbruiken een hoop brandstof, gaan absoluut nergens heen en zijn bij dit alles niet in staat ook maar een enkele walvis te doden”

Een woordvoerder van Sea Shepherd Nederland laat in een reactie weten blij te zijn met het vertrek van de Japanse vloot. ”Er zijn zat zeedieren over om in onze volgende stap bescherming te bieden”.

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Sea Shepherd: Riding a Storm in Pursuit of a Black-Hearted Sun

Sea Shepherd: It is Day Seventeen since finding the Japanese whaling fleet, and it is a wee bit uncomfortable today after the whaling fleet supply vessel Sun Laurel decided to lead us into a storm to try and shake the Bob Barker and the Steve Irwin off its tail.

We are now over 300 miles north of the Antarctic Treaty Zone Boundary and the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary as the Sun Laurel wanders northward and eastward hoping to unload her cargo of heavy fuel for the Nisshin Maru and diesel fuel for the harpoon vessels.

It is mystifying why the Korean captain thinks he can lose us in a storm. The Bob Barker and the Steve Irwin are far superior sea vessels than this tanker and the rolling of the supply ship has to be uncomfortable for her crew, far more uncomfortable than for the Sea Shepherd crews.

Behind the two Sea Shepherd ships in plain sight are the Yushin Maru # 1 and Yushin Maru #2. Both of them are more than a day’s steaming from the whaling grounds, and if they are not on the whaling grounds, they are not killing whales.

The Gojira continues to hunt for the Nisshin Maru and the Yushin Maru #3. Captain Paul Watson has decided that the most effective tactic that can be implemented is to cut the Nisshin Maru off from her supplies. The Bob Barker and the Steve Irwin will be able to pursue the Sun Laurel for longer than the Nisshin Maru can survive without fuel.

The Nisshin Maru has four choices now: (1) quit whaling and return to Japan, (2) attempt to refuel with the Sun Laurel, (3) go to a distant port to refuel, or (4) find another tanker somewhere to refuel them and hope they are not discovered before they do so.

Option two will put them into a direct confrontation with the Sea Shepherd ships. Options three and four will cost them weeks of time.

Yesterday,14th of January,  the crew of the Steve Irwin were accompanied by a large pod of pilot whales.

The crews of both the Bob Barker and the Steve Irwin are in high spirits as this pursuit continues.

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Stomverbaasd
Good job, every Whale saved is a victory for mankind.

Joop.nl: Japan schrijft Nederland de wet voor

Geert Vons Schrijft een heerlijk artikel over hypocrisie van de Nederlandse regering mbt de Walvisvangst.

De Steve Irwin en de Bob Barker, de Sea Shepherd schepen die worden ingezet om te voorkomen dat de Japanse walvisjagers, tegen meerdere internationale verdragen en afspraken in, illegaal en bovendien in een beschermd natuurreservaat op walvissen jagen, staan in Nederland geregistreerd. Dit is de reden dat de Japanse overheid een klacht heeft ingediend bij de Nederlandse autoriteiten en Nederland als vlaggenstaat heeft aangesproken op het gedrag van de Sea Shepherd bemanning. In de afgelopen jaren hebben zich in de wateren van het Antarctisch Walvisreservaat diverse incidenten voorgedaan tussen schepen van Sea Shepherd en de Japanse walvisvaarders.

Het ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu is nu van oordeel dat er effectieve bestuursrechtelijke mogelijkheden dienen te komen om te kunnen optreden. Derhalve heeft het ministerie besloten om de mogelijkheid tot intrekken van de zeebrief (registratie van een schip in Nederland) uit te breiden. Een wijziging van de Zeebrievenwet wordt hiertoe met spoed voorbereid en wordt als het aan het ministerie ligt nog voor het zomerreces ingediend.
Helaas lijkt de Nederlandse overheid niet stil te staan bij het feit dat alle incidenten tussen Sea Shepherd en de Japanse walvisvaardersvloot plaats hebben gevonden in de wateren van het Antarctisch Walvisreservaat en/of wateren waarin het volgens internationale verdragen en Australische federale wetten is verboden om te jagen.

Sea Shepherd houdt zich bezig met de controle op de naleving van genoemde wetten en verdragen aangezien geen enkele overheid deze taak op zich lijkt te willen nemen. De Japanse walvisvaarders opereren illegaal binnen wateren waar nationale en internationale regelgeving van kracht zijn.

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Sea Shepherd Cuts off Supplies to the Japanese Whaling Fleet

The mysterious and elusive supply ship for the Japanese whaling fleet has been located. At 1420 hours on January 12 AEST, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s scout and interceptor vessel the Gojira found the Japanese refueling and supply ship. It is identified as the Panamanian registered Sun Laurel (IMO# 9405631), and it was found at 62 degrees 43 minutes south and 178 degrees 33 minutes west.

Captain of the Gojira Canadian Lockhart MacLean radioed the Sun Laurel and asked if they were in the area to refuel the Japanese whaling fleet. Their response was a hesitant “maybe.” The tanker is full and has not yet discharged its supplies to the Nisshin Maru or the harpoon vessels.

The Bob Barker, being tailed by the Yushin Maru, and the Steve Irwin being tailed by the Yushin Maru No. 3, immediately changed course to intercept the tanker. The Steve Irwin is expected to intercept the Sun Laurel at 2200 hours AEST on January 12. The Sun Laurel departed from Japan on December 4, 2010 from the port of Tateyama Ko.

Captain Paul Watson responded to the interception of the Sun Laurel from the Steve Irwin, “We have found the Achilles heel of the whaling fleet and we intend to stay on it like a bloodhound and keep this ship from delivering fuel and supplies to the whaling fleet. This tanker’s support of Japan’s illegal activities makes the captain and crew of the Sun Laurel as culpable as the person firing the harpoon into a whale’s flesh.”

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