Latest Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Stories

2009-06-22 06:00:00

-- With International Whaling Commission Meetings in Portugal Kicking Off, Animal Planet Gauges Americans' Knowledge of Whaling Debate -- NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal Planet today released the results of a national Online Zogby Interactive poll of 3,412 Americans to coincide with the 61st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission. The survey -- commissioned by Animal Planet, the producers of WHALE WARS -- was intended to assess Americans' knowledge of and attitudes...

2009-06-19 06:50:00

According to Canadian officials, the country's annual seal hunt "” the largest in the world "” has drawn to a close with hunters fulfilling only about a quarter of the maximum quota allowed by the government. Although the government-monitored event permits the commercial killing of more than a quarter of a million seals per year, officials have reported that fishermen in the easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador only brought in approximately 70,000 animals at the close...

2009-04-22 15:00:57

The Japanese government argued in support of its latest whaling mission on Wednesday, claiming that its call for the killing of 60 minke whales is for research purposes only. The mission involving five ships "“ four whaling ships and one for research "“ left Ayukawa port in northern Miyagi prefecture on Wednesday. The vessels will remain at sea until late May, according to the Japanese fisheries agency. Japan uses a legal loophole in the 1986 international moratorium on commercial...

2009-04-13 11:42:39

Japan's notorious whaling fleet fell extremely short of their goal after interference caused by anti-whaling activists. After five months at sea, the six-ship flotilla trapped 680 whales, falling very short of the intended 765 and 935, the agency said. "It was mainly because of the harassment by the Sea Shepherds," said Shigeki Takaya of the agency's whaling division. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society environmental group beleaguered the ships for 16 days, he noted. The group's ship...

2009-04-08 13:40:00

- Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Battle Whalers, the Elements and One Another in Dramatic Sophomore Season with New and Returning Crew Members - NEW YORK, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Last month, when the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel The Steve Irwin docked in Hobart, Tasmania, it was met by two dozen members of the Australian Federal Police. They were there to confiscate hundreds of hours of videotape, launching an investigation into what was one of...

2009-03-12 11:20:00

A Singapore casino developer is planning to import whale sharks for its planned aquarium, resulting in several local and international animal welfare groups launching an online campaign opposing the plans, the AFP reported. The groups have called on the public to "voice their opinions" on the campaign's website on Wednesday concerning the casino's acquisition of the whale sharks. The casino will feature a Marine Life Park set to become the biggest seawater aquarium in the world, holding...

2009-02-06 11:00:00

A ship carrying members of an anti-whaling protest group collided with a Japanese whaling vessel in Antarctic waters on Friday. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society claimed the collision was unavoidable as the Japanese whaling ship, Yushin Maru No. 2 attempted to block the path of the ship. "We told them to not continue their illegal whaling operations and that we would be blocking the stern slipway of the factory ship," said Paul Watson, captain of the Steve Irwin ship. "They decided to...

2009-01-17 15:20:00

Anti-whaling activists temporarily called off their operations to disrupt Japanese whaling around Antarctica earlier this month.The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's flagship, the "Steve Irwin", had run low on fuel and refused to divulge where it was heading.However, the ship is currently docked in Tasmania and should head back to the Southern Ocean next week.Founder Paul Watson said the ship had arrived in Hobart, the capital of Australia's southern island state of Tasmania, where it is...

2009-01-08 09:40:00

Australia has denied a Japanese appeal to stop anti-whaling activists from stocking up; announcing Thursday that their boat is permitted to dock at an Australian port prior to returning to Japan, where they will continue to fight whalers. Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that there is no point for Australia, who is against whaling, to assenting to Japan's demand, chancing any more diplomatic arguments with Tokyo."The Steve Irwin will be permitted to dock at an Australian port. There...

2009-01-07 07:35:00

On Tuesday, Japan said it plans to ask Australia, New Zealand, and Chile to ban the Steve Irwin, an anti-whaling protest ship, from using their ports to refuel.  The Sea Shepherd group has used the Steve Irwin to chase Japanese whalers through Antarctic waters for nearly 2,000 miles.  Japanese officials consider the group, and the actions of the Steve Irwin to border on piracy.  Officials reacted on Tuesday by saying they will ask nearby nations to keep the ship from taking...

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