Sea Shepherd’s vessel, the Steve Irwin, is safely docked in Brisbane and currently undergoing essential maintenance in anticipation of our upcoming Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign Operation Musashi to oppose illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean. In the meantime we’ve partnered with LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics on a global campaign to save sharks, and we continue to oppose illegal whaling in other parts of the world, such as Norway…
LUSH and Sea Shepherd Launch Partnership Campaign to Protect Sharks
On August 12th, Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd and Andrew Butler, the Global Campaigns Director for LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics launched a campaign to protect the sharks of the ocean.
“Sharks have shaped evolution in our oceans for 450 million years,” said Captain Watson. “Shark species extinctions will cause irreparable damage. If we can’t save the sharks, we will fail to save our oceans, and if our oceans die, civilization and humanity will die. LUSH and Sea Shepherd recognize that we need to save the sharks if we are to save ourselves, and we are working together to make this happen.”
LUSH has designed a series of educational window displays which will be featured in hundreds of stores worldwide, beginning with Australia and the United Kingdom in September. LUSH has also created a new product called Shark Fin Soap, for which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to finance Sea Shepherd’s anti-shark-finning campaigns.
Ecological Reality Catches up with Norwegian Whalers
Norway often claims that whale populations are more numerous than conservationists claim, yet the criminal whaling fleet of Norway will end its illegal whaling season with only about 50% of its quota. Out of a self-set quota of 1,052 whales, the Norwegians have killed 533 Piked (Minke) whales.
Norway is in blatant violation of the global moratorium on commercial whaling imposed by the International Whaling Commission in 1986. Unlike Japan, which uses the pretext of “scientific research” to justify its illegal activities, Norway simply ignores the moratorium altogether. Sea Shepherd has historically opposed Norwegian whaling and will continue to do so until it ceases.