Waltzing Matilda has come to a close after three long, weary, and dramatic
months upon the most remote and hostile seas in the world. This past weekend,
the Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin and Bob Barker were welcomed by crowds
of cheering supporters in the port of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
not know the final results until the Japanese whaling fleet reports back
to Tokyo in April, but we cut the kill quotas nearly in half during the
three previous years and this year was much more effective, so the results
promise to be very satisfying. We know we have cost the whalers tens of
millions of dollars in lost profits.
edition of the Sea Shepherd E-News, I have a report on Operation Waltzing
Matilda, an update on Captain Peter Bethune, an interesting parody about
the global impact that whaling has on the environment, and much more. Please
Because of your generous support, we just completed our most ambitious and
effective campaign to defend the great whales that we have ever undertaken.
Operation Waltzing Matilda, our sixth voyage to the Southern Ocean Whale
Sanctuary to oppose the illegal whaling activities of the Japanese whaling
fleet, was astoundingly effective.
the water cannon battles between our ships, to the high-level diplomatic
showdowns between Australia and New Zealand and Japan, this battle is being
fought on many levels and in many places. With ships being rammed and sunk,
and a prisoner of war being taken back to Japan, the conflict was more intense
this year than ever before.
the details about our most notable campaign moments and what's next.
The Shonan Maru 2 transporting Sea Shepherd prisoner, Captain Peter Bethune,
was spotted heading toward the Lombok Strait on February 25th.Sea Shepherd
has arranged for expert legal representation for Captain Bethune upon his
arrival in Japan.
is the first time that a New Zealander has been transported as a prisoner
of war to Japan since World War II. Read
the full story.
The whales are to the ocean what trees are to the land - both whales and
trees store carbon by the ton.
of whales by the Japanese whalers is not only a violation of the Antarctic
Treaty, it is also a significant factor in releasing large amounts of carbon
into the atmosphere by removing the whales as significant repositories of
century of commercial whaling has released some 100 million tons of carbon
in the Earth's atmosphere, which is an amount of carbon equivalent to burning
130,000 sq km of temperate forests.
have an important role in storing and transporting carbon in the marine
more about why saving whales is good for the planet!
only through the continued support of concerned citizens such as yourself
that we are able to persist in our efforts to protect our planet's marine
that you will take great pride in the important difference that you can
make by supporting
our efforts. Thank-you!
For the oceans,
Founder and President
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