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May Club Meeting Highlights - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Presentation

posted May 23, 2014, 10:13 AM by Ed Gullekson

Scott West of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was the featured speaker at the May Club meeting. This was a great presentation about focusing on preservation of our oceans. His focus was on 3 campaigns, the Taiji operation in Japan ("The Cove"), the recent win for whales in the south ocean (ruling by international court that Japan had to stop whaling there) and a lesser known whaling pattern at the Faereos Islands (located in the North Atlantic between Iceland and Norw...ay). One important change has been that Sea Shepherd has become a movement - with Sea Shepherd groups forming in many countries around the world.

Seventeen Sea Horses and guests attended the meeting. We learned that at Taiji, they continue the practice of killing and capturing dolphins - they seem to think of the animals as competitors for the fisherman. Sea Shepherd has been documenting the activity at Taiji. For whaling in Antarctica the update is :"In a stunning victory for the whales, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced their binding decision today in the landmark case of Australia v. Japan, ruling that Japan’s JARPA II whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and ordering that all permits given under JARPA II be revoked."

The portion on the Faeros Islands addressed a regular pattern of killing pilot whales that come to the islands. Sea Shepherd documented the killings and even the fact that many of the killed whales are just dumped, and not used in any way. Sea Shepherd will be in the islands this summer to document any kills and intends to prevent the kills telling the locals that they will publicize these killings (publicity that the Faeros Islanders do not want).

For more information and to donate to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society go to: http://www.seashepherd.org/

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