Target: Marnie Gaede, President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Goal: Encourage and commend efforts to stop mass whaling
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA plans on putting a stop to whaling in every corner of the world. Soon the Faeroe Islands, nestled in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, will embark on its three month long whale-killing spree, which it deems “the grind.” Sea Shepherd plans on being in attendance for the mass killing, armed with drones and technology intended to halt the event. Whaling is seriously lucrative and is often deeply embedded in a country’s traditions. However, endangered species of whale are often targeted and cull numbers are far beyond what is considered sustainable. By supporting groups such as Sea Shepherd, the archaic practice of whaling could be put to an end for good.
Faeroe Islands’ whaling culture has been an annual staple for centuries. Every year from June to September whaling groups occupy over two dozen beaches, waiting for unsuspecting whale and dolphin victims to swim within range. Over 1,000 of the endangered long-finned pilot whale species are culled each year during this three month stint; this number does not even include other species of whales and dolphins. The carnage is advertised as a tourist attraction, a chance to see a centuries old tradition complete with slit mammalian throats and blood-red ocean water.
Drones will be utilized on a mass scale by Sea Shepherd in order to observe all shores and deter whale families from swimming too close to the culling areas. Four teams of fifteen activists each will be deployed for the event in hopes of saving as many whales as possible from an unnecessary and gruesome death. Commend Sea Shepherd for its extremely brave and inventive method of stopping the carnage, hopefully for years to come.
Dear Marnie Gaede,
Whales and dolphins are unfairly targeted for mass slaughter annually, often by countries which have laid claim to whaling for centuries. This archaic practice includes many heart-wrenching slaughter methods, such as culling thousands of dolphins in order to choose a few for entertainment purposes and corralling dozens of whale families in order to kill all of them. While Japan is on the world’s radar for mass whale culling, other countries around the world are committing heinous whale-killing crimes on par with, or more severe than, Japan’s whale slaughter.
Soon the Faeroe Islands will embark on its annual, three-month-long whale culling tradition. Thousands of endangered whales are killed during this time; however, thanks to the technology and efforts of Sea Shepherd, thousands of whales will likely be spared. I understand that Sea Shepherd has utilized drone technology before to save animals from unnecessary slaughter. Because your organization will be utilizing this technology and standing guard at beaches to deter slaughter, many lives will be saved. I support your efforts and sincerely hope no harm comes to your crew or the whales during the event.
Thank you for standing up for the whales and, ultimately, what is right. I am behind you every step of the way.
[Your Name Here]
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