Message from Captain Watson (onboard the Steve Irwin in port in Hobart)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Posted in Whales | Tagged Whales
It’s time for Round Two in the battle to save the endangered whales in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. After a month and a half of chasing the Japanese whaling fleet, we have been forced to return to refuel. But we need to return South again as soon as possible. Every day we are away, whales die. The whale slaughter lasts for four months and to stop the killing we need the fuel, provisions, and maintenance to keep our ship at sea so that we can keep intervening against their illegal whaling activities.The good news this year is that fuel and oil costs are down. In fact, it is going to cost us US$90,000 less this year, than last, to fill up our fuel tanks with 200 tons of diesel.
The bad news is that it is still expensive and with the economic downturn internationally, it is more difficult to raise donations. Globally, all nonprofits are suffering.
And thus we need to appeal once again for the funds to enable us to return to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to resume our interventions against illegal Japanese whaling activities.
Your donation to Sea Shepherd in response to this appeal goes to administering, maintaining and operating our ships - it goes to getting the job done, where it counts, out there in the killing fields, where we have demonstrated time and again that we can shut down the killing machines and we can save the lives of whales, sharks, turtles, dolphins, seabirds and fish.
Please consider donating what you can to keep us moving and intervening in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
Together we are making a difference. Together we can drive the whalers out of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary - forever.
We have chased the illegal whalers over 2,000 miles so far during our 5th Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign. After a necessary refueling and reprovisioning in Australia, and with your continued support, we will be able to return to Antarctica and shut down their cruel operations as soon as possible. Thank-you for making this campaign– and all of our other campaigns to defend sharks, seals, and other marine animals– possible.
For the Oceans,
Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President
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