Target: Siddharth Chakravarty, Sea Shepherd Captain
Goal: Praise activists for protecting whales from slaughter
Japanese whalers are irate after having the least successful hunting season in history. They blame the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of Australia for “sabotaging” their kills. Environmentalists know that the Sea Shepherds deserve praise and applause for saving countless whales from a gruesome, dangerous, and environmentally unsound hunting trade. Indeed, the Sea Shepherds are proud of the accusations by whalers, seeing whale salvation as their sole mission.
Last year, whalers in Japan caught only half as many whales they as they did in 2011. Throughout the season, the Sea Shepherds literally followed whaling vessels across the sea, both protecting whales and making sure whalers abided by international laws. Few groups have ever showed up in person to watchdog whaling ships, and the hands-on attention saved hundreds of whales. According to social justice website Take Part, Japanese whalers caught only 103 Antarctic minke whales, hundreds short of their goal of 935.
The Sea Shepherds care little for accusations thrown their way, calling Japanese whalers “poachers.” They are pleased that their anti-whaling efforts may result in “financial disaster” for whalers, who will indeed lose millions over their poor catch. The Institute for Cetacean Research, the umbrella organization for Japan’s whalers, is filing a lawsuit against the Sea Shepherds, claiming “illegal sabotage.” Nonetheless, the Sea Shepherds stand by their actions, claiming Japanese taxpayers foot the bill for the whaling industry. They vow to abide by international marine laws and protect whale sanctuaries. Praise the Sea Shepherds for their work protecting whales from hunting.
Dear Mr. Chakravarty,
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of Australia has been essential in protecting whales from Japanese whalers over the last year. Recently, Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research announced that whalers had the worst hunting season in history thanks to the Sea Shepherds. Your tireless efforts, following whaling boats throughout the Antarctic regions to protect whales and insist that whalers abide by international law, were the main force behind the enormous drop in the success of Japanese whalers this season.
Although the Institute for Cetacean Research may file lawsuits against the Sea Shepherds now and in the future, environmentalists and animal rights advocates know that your work has been heroic. You have saved literally hundreds of whales from slaughter in one season alone. I thank you for protecting whales and being a watchdog of the whaling industry, and I look forward to seeing your future successes in the headlines.
[Your Name Here]
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