Friday, December 16, 2005

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

I was lucky enough to interview Captain Paul Watson this morning: me sitting in a comfortable RRR studio in East Brunswick; him on the sattelite phone live from Antarctica, where his ship, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society flagship Farley Mowat, is hunting Japanese whalers with the aim of blocking, obstructing and generally disrupting their illegal activities.

The Japanese ships are hunting fin and humpback whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, in direct breach of international law (these two whale species are protected under the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Flora); and our government, and countless others, are turning a blind eye.

As well as violating the Sanctuary, the Japanese ships are violating the International Whaling Commission moritorium on commercial whaling.

Consequently, the Sea Shepherd flagship Farley Mowat will do their best to draw international attention to, and disrupt where possible, the whaling ships, in conjunction with two Greenpeace vessels, the Esperanza and the Arctic Sunrise.

For information and updates about the campaign go to - and while you're at it, try writing a letter to a couple of our politicians to ask why they're so quick to send the Royal Australian Navy to arrest Indonesian fisherman in our waters, but not Japanese whalers who are so clearly and flagrently breaking international law!

1 comment:

David Prater said...

Richie, you should see Matthew Barney's "Drawing Restraint 9", a full length film about Japanese whaling featuring Barney and Bjork chopping their own legs off and turning into whales. Truly batty stuff!