2002-2003 The crew of the Farley Mowat, led by Captain Paul Watson, went out to hunt down the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. As a result of their efforts, the unlawful operations of Japan’s JARPA II Whaling Program were brought to the attention of the international community.
- 1 What started the Save the whales campaign in the 60s?
- 2 What is the point of Whale Wars?
- 3 What is the anti whaling law?
- 4 Why do we need to save the whales?
- 5 Where is Paul Watson today?
What started the Save the whales campaign in the 60s?
The author is Sebastian Stelios April 27, 2010 From the docks of Vancouver on April 27, 1975, Greenpeace initiated the first anti-whaling campaign ever conducted anywhere in the world. The expedition would become the spark that launched a global “Save the Whales” movement and finally helped obtain an international ban on commercial whaling.
This prohibition would eventually help protect whale populations across the world. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Greenpeace’s first mission to save the whales, the current president of the United States has threatened to reverse decades’ worth of conservation efforts for whales. The officials of President Obama are currently backing a plan to lift the worldwide prohibition on commercial whaling and legitimate Japan’s “scientific” killing in the Southern Ocean.
This would let Japan to continue its whaling activities. We look back on the story of our first anti-whaling mission in the hope that it will inspire President Obama to fulfill his campaign promise of “strengthening the international moratorium on commercial whaling” rather than “overturning it.” Greenpeace is getting ready for one of the most important battles that the war against whaling has ever seen, and we look back on the story of our first anti-whaling mission.
After Greenpeace made its historic first voyage to protest the nuclear destruction of Amchitka Island, the United States nuclear testing program was shut down, the island was designated as a wildlife sanctuary, and Bob Hunter, the founder of Greenpeace and its first president, was hailed as the new leader of the environmental movement.
The meeting between Bob Hunter and Dr. Paul Spong took place during this pivotal juncture in the development of Greenpeace. Dr. Spong was let go from his position at the Vancouver Aquarium, where he was doing research on the facility’s first orca whale to be kept in captivity, Skana.
- His ground-breaking studies with Skana demonstrated for the very first time that orcas are extremely intelligent, emotionally complex, and sociable beings, and that they should not be kept in captivity for any reason.
- When Spong made the statement in public that the orca had expressed a desire to be set free, the directors of the aquarium were not happy.
Dr. Spong discussed Skana’s predicament as well as the predicament of other great whales in different parts of the world with Hunter and the other members of Greenpeace. He informed the members about the enormous, putrid death ships that were operating in the Pacific Ocean and slaughtering these peaceful giants with the same efficiency as a factory.
- The Greenpeace team was shocked to hear the news.
- It was necessary to take some action in order to put an end to the carnage.
- Therefore, on April 27, 1975, Bob Hunter, Dr.
- Spong, and a courageous group of activists raised a new sail on the modest Greenpeace ship and headed off to directly confront the whaling boats in the Pacific Ocean.
In front of a throng of over 30,000 supporters who had assembled at the Vancouver docks to send off the Greenpeace crew, Hunter made the following proclamation: “If Russia and Japan decide to whale any longer, they will have to do it over our dead corpses.” Late in the month of June, the crew was able to receive their first radio signal from a Soviet whaling vessel.
- As they got closer to the locations, the water began to turn a blood red color, and massive whale corpses that had been killed by harpoons began to float all around them.
- The Greenpeace crew wasted no time in launching several of their high-speed inflatable rafts in the direction of the Soviet harpoon boat after promptly dropping several of them from their boat.
The inflatable boats pursued the whaling ships and got in the way of the harpoons and whales as they attempted to kill the whales. At one point, a harpoon was shot directly over Bob Hunter’s head, which came dangerously close to ending his life. However, the inflatable rafts remained to protect the whales from the whalers, resulting in the survival of a great number of whales.
- The Soviet ships eventually withdrew because they were afraid of murdering the people and causing a massive commotion if they continued their assault.
- The operation was completed with flying colors.
- According to an article that was published in The New York Times, “for the first time in the history of whaling,” human people have placed their lives in danger for whales.
The images and footage that the Greenpeace crew brought back with them startled people all over the world and generated outrage on a global scale. After a number of other conflicts and after 10 years of persistent campaigning, the International Whaling Commission in 1986 agreed to a ban on the practice of commercial whaling.
- Our blood, sweat, and tears were what it took for Greenpeace to pay for the moratorium on commercial whaling.
- As a direct consequence of this, several whale species that were previously on the point of extinction are starting to make a sluggish but steady recovery.
- Despite Japan’s continuous breach of the ban through a loophole that permits for “lethal science,” only a few decades of protection has done wonders for the whales: they have increased in population, they have adapted to new environments, and they have become more social.
* The population of blue whales is growing at a rate of 8.2% per year. * The population of southern right whales is growing at a rate of 7% per year. * The population of humpback whales is growing at a rate of 3.1% per year in the Northwest Atlantic, 11-12% per year in the Southern hemisphere, and 7% per year in the Northeast Pacific.
The population of eastern gray whales has expanded to more than 20,000 since the early 1900s, when there were just a few hundred of them. The population of fin whales, which Japan continues to hunt, is not growing, but the dramatic fall that had been occurring in the direction of extinction has been halted.
Right now is the most critical time for the whales. Sign our petition and let President Obama know how you feel about his proposal to resume commercial whaling. We urgently need your most generous support to help us confront this new threat head-on and take action.
Please sign our petition and let him know how you feel. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the first mission undertaken by Greenpeace to save whales, I would like to leave you with some words written by Dr. Paul Spong and pray that President Obama will heed his warning: “The whales, also known as cetacea, are known as creatures of light, monsters of the deep, fuel for ancient lamps, aquatic acrobats, food for empty bellies, and the creatures with the largest brains on the planet.
They have been evolving for twenty million years, but they are currently being hammered by fate. Going, going, and almost completely gone It is one of the ironies of our day that just as we are beginning to wonder at the intricacy of the biology of whales, we are on the point of losing them permanently.
What is the point of Whale Wars?
The first episode of the program aired on the cable channel Animal Planet on November 7, 2008, and it chronicles the activities that take place on the vessel MY Steve Irwin as the organization works to discourage the hunting of minke whales, humpback whales, and fin whales in the Southern Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the North Atlantic.
What happened to Paul from Whale Wars?
|Watson, with the MY Steve Irwin docked in Hobart, in 2009|
|Born||December 2, 1950 (age 71) Toronto , Ontario , Canada|
|Known for||Environmental, conservational and animal rights activism|
|Spouse(s)||Starlet LumLisa DiStefanoAllison Lance ( div.c. 2008 ) Yana Rusinovich ( m.2015) |
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To ensure our continued existence, all we ask for is $2, or anything else you can provide. We beg you, in all modesty, to refrain from scrolling away from this page. If you are one of our very few donors, please accept our sincere gratitude. Paul Franklin Watson is a Canadian-American conservationist and environmental activist.
- He was born on December 2, 1950, and he is known for founding the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
- This organization is an anti-poaching and direct action organisation that focuses on marine conservation activism.
- Sea Shepherd’s actions have drawn criticism, and the organization has been labeled a “eco-terrorist” organization by both the Japanese government and Greenpeace.
Sea Shepherd defends its actions by stating that they are only protecting marine life. Watson holds dual citizenship in both the United States of America and Canada. In 1969, the native of Toronto took part in a demonstration organized by the Sierra Club against nuclear testing.
- In 1972, he was one of the people that started Greenpeace.
- In 1977, Watson was removed from the board of Greenpeace as a result of his contention that the organization’s understanding of nonviolence should not be in contradiction with a strategy of direct action.
- In the same year, he established what is now known as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Whale Wars was a reality show that focused on the competition amongst the members of the organization. Veganism, population control, and an ecocentric as opposed to an anthropocentric perspective on the planet are some of the causes he champions. Legal action has been taken by authorities in a number of nations as a result of Watson’s activities.
- These countries include the United States of America, Canada, Norway, Costa Rica, and Japan.
- In May of 2012, he was held in Germany after an extradition request was submitted by Costa Rica.
- At the request of Japan and Costa Rica, Interpol issued a red alert on September 14, 2012 for the individual in question.
Following his escape from Germany, where he had been freed on bond, he returned to Los Angeles in late October 2013, went through customs, and “was not detained.” This was after he had spent 15 months at sea following his escape from Germany. On November 6, 2013, he testified in front of an appeals court in the United States, where he stated that neither he nor the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had breached an injunction from 2012 that required them to stay away from whaling vessels.
- Watson has not been held in the United States for the purpose of extraditing him to Japan or Costa Rica, despite the fact that the United States is a signatory member of Interpol.
- He currently resides in Vermont and writes novels there.
- As of the first of July in 2014, he called Paris his home, but he has since relocated to the United States.
In March of 2019, Costa Rica dismissed all accusations against Watson and lifted the red notice that was issued by Interpol against him.
Is Whale Wars still happening?
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a non-profit group that focuses on marine conservation and came to widespread attention because to the cable television show ‘Whale Wars,’ has decided to stop engaging in its traditional yearly standoff with Japanese whalers in the Antarctic.
What is the anti whaling law?
D. Pollution Caused by Ocean Noise Beachings of whales have been connected to noise pollution in the ocean. The majority of this commotion originates from the military conducting sonar tests in the water. The MMPA is in charge of enforcing regulations regarding noise pollution. Requests must be made in accordance with the MMPA in order for the military to be able to carry out any testing.
Who is trying to stop whaling?
Whales are still being slaughtered for commercial purposes all throughout the world’s oceans, despite the fact that there is an international prohibition on whaling. After decades of killing, several species were reduced to extinction; in 1986, the world community came to the consensus that commercial whale hunting should be criminalized in order to save whales from the verge of extinction.
- But despite this, a number of nations, notably Japan, Iceland, and Norway, continue to slaughter thousands of whales every year for commercial purposes.
- And two of those nations, Iceland and Japan, are responsible for the unlawful murder of whales.
- The crew of a Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic hauls a wounded whale alongside their vessel.
Mark Votier/Hulton Archive/Getty Images The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is working hard to put an end to unlawful commercial whaling for good. We are working to have Japan and Iceland subjected to diplomatic sanctions as well as international judgements.
- In addition, we organize consumer campaigns to put pressure on U.S.
- businesses to end their commercial relationships with organizations that profit from the slaughter of whales.
- Since the prohibition on commercial whaling was put into place, Japan has taken advantage of a loophole in the law that permits the killing of whales in the name of “scientific research objectives.” Over the previous three decades, Japan has slaughtered more than 13,000 whales on the pretext of conducting research on them; nevertheless, the country has generated very few actual scientific studies.
The animals are ultimately slaughtered and put up for sale on the market. The International Court of Justice of the United Nations issued a ruling in 2014 declaring Japan’s program to be unlawful after NRDC provided support for efforts to bring the country before the court.
- On the other hand, Japan restarted its whaling operations in the Southern Ocean around the end of 2015.
- The so-called scientific program that Japan has been carrying out has been condemned in a letter that almost 500 marine experts have addressed to the International Whaling Commission.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will keep exerting legal and political pressure in an effort to coerce the government into ceasing its hazardous practices.
At an Icelandic whaling station, the process of carving blubber off a whale. Ted Spiegel/Getty Images Iceland does not make any pretense of hunting whales for scientific reasons; rather, it kills whales in order to sell the meat of those whales. Together with our other partners and members, we were successful in convincing the United States Department of Commerce to censure Iceland in 2011 for undermining conservation efforts in accordance with the Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen’s Protective Act, which is a provision that enables the United States to censure foreign nations.
- As a direct consequence of this situation, President Obama decided to impose diplomatic sanctions against Iceland.
- In addition, we were successful in rallying members of the NRDC to write tens of thousands of comments to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service requesting that action be taken on this matter.
CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, was deemed to be undermined by the agency’s ruling in 2014 that Iceland’s international trade in whale flesh and products violated the convention. And once again, President Obama brought diplomatic pressure to bear on Iceland by imposing sanctions.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is likewise using the influence of the market to put an end to Iceland’s whaling.
- We participated in the launch of the “Don’t Buy from Icelandic Whalers” campaign together with numerous other environmental organizations.
- According to the findings of our investigation, a significant number of American businesses purchase their seafood from HB Grandi, which is the largest seafood company in Iceland and has deep-rooted connections to the whaling industry.
We also discovered that other Icelandic fishing firms share corporate boards and premises with Hvalur, the sole company in Iceland that kills fin whales. This was another discovery we made. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and our other partners are making a plea to food producers and retailers in the United States to cease purchasing seafood that has been infected by whale blood.
Why do we need to save the whales?
Whales play an essential part in the ecosystem of the ocean, where they help produce at least half of the oxygen that humans breathe, fight against climate change, and maintain healthy fish populations. What is their secret to success? By supplying phytoplankton with nutrients, as an example.
A minuscule forest of plant-like creatures known as phytoplankton can be found drifting across the waters of the ocean when sunlight is present. Phytoplankton, much like plants that grow on land, require the energy of the sun, water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients such as iron and phosphate in order to photosynthesize.
This is the process that gives phytoplankton their food, while also giving the planet oxygen and providing a means to combat climate change. Phytoplankton serve as the foundation of the marine food web, making them an essential component in maintaining fish stocks.
Is whale oil still available?
In early industrial cultures, oil lamps and soap were made from whale oil, which was also employed as a source of the oil. During the 20th century, it was processed to produce margarine. After reaching its pinnacle in the 19th century and continuing into the 20th, the usage of whale oils saw a significant fall as a result of the emergence of the commercial petroleum sector as well as vegetable oils.
- According to some accounts, this prevented the extinction of whales.
- Due to the fact that most nations in the 21st century have placed bans on whaling, the market for and consumption of whale oil has virtually vanished.
- The oil extracted from whales was made by heating strips of blubber that had been taken from whales.
The act of removing is referred to as flensing, while the process of boiling is referred to as testing out. When whales were beached or caught in close proximity to the coastline, the boiling process was performed on land. The trying-out process was carried out on board the ship in a furnace known as a trywork during lengthier deep-sea whaling operations, and the corpse was then thrown overboard into the seas.
Whale oil was mostly derived from baleen whales in the past. Their oil is made up entirely of triglycerides, but the oil of toothed whales contains wax esters as well as triglycerides. The right whale and the bowhead whale were regarded to be the most desirable prey for whaling. They are submissive and unhurried, and when they die, they drift away.
As a direct result of the abundant supply of valuable oil and whalebone that they provide, these animals have been hunted to the brink of extinction.
Where is Paul Watson today?
Captain Paul Watson, the man who started Sea Shepherd, has formally severed all links and withdrawn from any engagement with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the United States of America. Sea Shepherd was established in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson, who was committed to taking a proactive approach to maintaining and defending the richness of marine life and our ocean.
- Sea Shepherd’s mission statement reads: YouTube videos courtesy of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
- Watson claims in a statement that he has been pushed to the outside of the organization in the United States.
- Watson’s statement may be seen here.
- “I was booted from the Board of Directors, my suggestions were disregarded, the employment of my closest colleagues was terminated, and the directors who had backed me were dismissed.
I was denied the freedom to organize campaigns and the freedom to express the strong opinions that I have held for decades. It is these strong opinions and campaigns that have shaped what Sea Shepherd has become and continues to be outside the borders of the United States.
- I was reduced to the role of a paid figurehead and denied the freedom to organize campaigns.” Watson is notorious for his militant advocacy for animal rights, and his tactics have been the source of significant debate throughout the course of his career.
- In 2002, he was taken into custody by the Costa Rican authorities on the grounds that he posed a threat to fishing vessel personnel.
After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the group to maintain a distance of at least 457 meters from Japanese whaling vessels off the coast of Antarctica in 2014, Watson took a significant step back from his involvement with the organization.
- He opted to take a step down in the company to retain a clean record.
- According to what Watson claimed in the statement, he “has never been convicted of a criminal offence” in his own life.
- “And because of this, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the United States and myself as a citizen of the United States are obligated to comply with the order that was issued by the 9th Circuit court of the United States.” Japanese whalers have filed a lawsuit against Sea Shepherd in an effort to stop the organization from interfering with their yearly hunt.
The maximum number of whales that can be taken by Japan’s whaling fleet each year is one thousand, which is the maximum authorized by the International Whaling Commission. It is OK for Japan to hunt the animals provided that the animals are killed for the purposes of study and not for commercial gain.
- On the other hand, whale flesh that isn’t utilized for research may still be purchased legally in the nation, and many people believe that this is the true motivation behind the killings.
- At this time, Watson is going to entirely sever whatever ties he has with the organization.
- He claims that the present Board is working toward the goal of converting their fleet into research vessels that do not engage in contentious activities so that they may avoid the risk of confrontation with illegal poachers who hunt endangered animals.
Watson claims that research has never been absent from the organization; nonetheless, he believes that it should not be a top focus. Watson stated that “what we have provided is a unique function: a fearless leadership to intervene against poachers on the high seas, to document and to stop illegal acts that would otherwise go unnoticed and unchallenged.” “What we have provided is a unique function: a fearless leadership to document and to stop illegal acts that would otherwise go unnoticed and unchallenged,” “The new course that the current Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd USA has settled upon is not a road that I can in good conscience support nor engage in,” stated Watson.
“It is not a path that I can in good conscience support nor participate in.” Watson is going to continue in his role as director of Sea Shepherd Global and will also be supporting other initiatives all across the world. The group has issued a follow-up statement in which they declare they will maintain their efforts to conserve whales in the United States.
“Our company’s founder took a significant step back from SSCS administration in 2014, and in 2019 he cut back his responsibilities to solely focus on recording the history of the organization. This is in relation to the recent departure of Captain Paul Watson.
What happened to Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd?
JAPAN WHALING :interview with Captain Paul Watson
Paul Watson, a Canadian American environmental activist who established (1977) the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an organization that attempted to conserve marine creatures, was born on December 2, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Early on, Watson had a strong interest in the conservation of animals.
At the age of nine, he would try to find and break leghold traps that were placed by beaver hunters. He would also get in the way of hunters who were after deer and ducks and thwart the efforts of other young boys who were trying to shoot birds. In the late 1960s, he joined the Canadian Coast Guard and subsequently served in the merchant marines of the United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, and Sweden, where he obtained valuable sailing experience.
Greenpeace International counted Watson as one of its earliest members (founded in 1971). During the time that he worked for the organization, he frequently used innovative and daring strategies to protect wildlife from being killed by hunters. For example, he would place his inflatable Zodiac boat between a pod of sperm whales and the harpoon of a large Soviet whaling vessel.
- He would also stand on the ice in front of sealing ships and force them to stop moving by blocking their path.
- It was also rumored that he would chain himself to a heap of seal pelts that was being lifted into a vessel used for sealing.
- After having disagreements with Greenpeace over the employment of such unorthodox tactics of protest, Watson resigned from the organization in 1977 and went on to found the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society often participated in perilous excursions in order to defend and safeguard marine animals from unlawful poaching. Watson took a direct-action approach to saving the whales, which included positioning his ship, which was named after the Australian conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin, between the whalers and a targeted pod of whales, entangling ropes in their propellers, throwing stink bombs onto the vessel that was whaling, and even ramming up against the whaling ship.
- Steve Irwin was an environmentalist and television personality from Australia.
- In 2006 and 2007, the organization engaged in a conflict with a whaling fleet that was operated by the Japanese.
- This conflict was documented in the film “At the Edge of the World” (2008).
- The actions of the organization were also documented in the television show Whale Wars, which debuted on the cable television network Animal Planet in the year 2008.
In 2010, one of the society’s boats, the Ady Gil, went down after being involved in a collision with a whaling vessel from Japan. While Watson and his volunteer crew were out on the high seas flying a modified version of the Jolly Roger pirate flag, they were subjected to violent attacks by whalers who were attempting to prevent them from interfering with their whaling operations.
These attacks included the use of water cannons, flash grenades, and long-range anti-ship missiles (LRADS) (long-range acoustic devices). Watson’s strategies were frequently the subject of criticism. Whalers leveled accusations of ecoterrorism on Watson, and even some environmentalists saw him as an extreme.
Watson was accused of being an ecoterrorist. He was taken into custody on many times, and in 2012, German authorities held him while Costa Rica tried to extradite him for an event that occurred in 2002 involving a Costa Rican boat and shark finning, according to Watson’s allegations.
He escaped the country of Germany after being freed on bail. During this time period, the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), which some people believed was essentially a commercial whaling endeavor, filed a lawsuit against Watson and the organization. In 2012, Watson resigned from his position as leader of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in response to an order issued by a court in the United States that prohibited him and the group from approaching particular boats used for whaling in Japan.
He resided in France for a number of years after the country gave him shelter. In 2016, Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Group came to an agreement with the ICR on a legal settlement. As part of the terms of the settlement, the U.S. branch of the society agreed to refrain from interfering with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.
After the deal was reached, he went back to the United States and was reinstated to his position as president of the society. Watson made the announcement in 2017 that Sea Shepherd would not launch any ships for the purpose of confronting Japanese whalers, citing the sophisticated technology that is used by whalers to protect their fleet.
Although the Australian branch of the society had indicated that it would continue to confront Japanese whalers, the announcement was made in spite of this. Through his involvement with a wide variety of other organizations, such as Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Wolf, Fund for Animals, the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals, and the Sierra Club, of which he served as director, Watson was able to spread his love for animals and the environment (2003–06).
The Genesis Award (1998), the George H.W. Bush Daily Point of Light Award (1999), and induction into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame (2002) were all bestowed upon Watson in recognition of his work in the cause of animal conservation. The titles Shepherds of the Sea (1980), Ocean Warrior (1994), and Seal Wars were among the numerous works written by Watson (2002).
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