Target: Sea Shepherd international chair Farley Mowat
Goal: Thank Sea Shepherds for their bravery in halting Japanese whalers in Antarctica
Commercial whaling was outlawed in 1986 in order to help preserve the unsettlingly low population of whales. Japan, which has always had a whaling culture, continued to capture whales for what it called “scientific research.” But every year Japan kills more whales for commercial purposes, and Japan’s new fisheries minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, has stated that his country will never stop hunting whales.
Recently, the anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd stopped a fleet of Japanese whalers from hunting whales in Antarctica. Four of Sea Shepherd’s vessels literally blocked the ships from hunting by parking between them and their prey. The US Court of Appeals ordered Sea Shepherd to stop harassing Japanese whaling vessels, calling the anti-whaling tactics “the embodiment of piracy.”
The Sea Shepherds also put a tracking device on one of the Japanese ships, and found that they were heading back to the Indian Ocean to try to catch more whales. However, the whaling season is almost over, and it is likely that the whalers won’t be very successful.
Thank Sea Shepherds for their devotion to saving whales, for their bold acts of defiance, and for helping to uphold an international treaty that has been in effect for 27 years.
Dear Mr. Mowat,
We would like to thank you and the Sea Shepherds for stopping the fleet of Japanese whalers in Antarctica recently. It sounds like it was a difficult task, what with the boat collisions and even the Japanese military icebreaker fighting you. Your bravery continues to draw attention to the reality of commercial whaling, and the fact that it continues to exist even 27 years after an international moratorium was passed against it.
People like you and your organization are what put animal rights in the spotlight. The fact that you halted the whale hunt shows that we have a chance at winning this war.
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