Case Study: Thank God For The Sea Shepherds

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Thank God for the Sea Shepherds

With a helicopter, two ships, and a fearless group of men and women, Sea Shepherd, a non-profit advocacy organization, battles on behalf of God’s great whales—the largest mammals on planet Earth. Founded in 1977 by its president Paul Watson, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society does whatever it takes to stop crews on Japanese whaling vessels from slaughtering whales. Watson was also cofounder and board member of Sea Shepherd’s sister organization, Greenpeace. But, supposedly, he broke away from Greenpeace, because that organization’s mission is solely to record and expose the Japanese whaling fleet’s illegal whaling, not to interfere with it.

Contrarily, Sea Shepherd tries to interfere as much as possible. Watson’s newest conservation group offers a $25,000 reward to anyone who can tell them the location of a Japanese whaling vessel, because it is difficult for the Sea Shepherd to find this target in the vast seas. Once the target is located, Sea Shepherd inflicts so much harassment on the whaling boat’s sailors that they have no time to hunt whales. And often, Greenpeace seems to be the group providing Sea Shepherd with vital information about Japanese ship locations. One year, Greenpeace decided not to send investigating ships to the southern oceans where Japanese whalers
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In the Shepherd’s defense, Watson states, “Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a nonviolent organization that has never caused an injury during our entire history.” But nonviolence does not mean cowardliness or fear to members of Sea Shepherd. A brave young woman, Kim McCoy, Sea Shepherd’s Executive Director, who is usually aboard every Shepherd mission says, “Sea Shepherd will never retreat and we will never surrender until the outlaw whalers are driven out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary for

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