Sea Shepherd encounters Japanese whalers at start of summer season

It has just turned winter in the Northern Hemisphere, which means that it is now summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The Japanese whaling fleet has entered the Southern Ocean to kill up to a self-designated quota of 333 minke whales, and Sea Shepherd has given chase. We have heard the story before, and many of … Continue reading Sea Shepherd encounters Japanese whalers at start of summer season

Sea Shepherd regroups, plans new battles with Japanese whalers

An organization called Sea Shepherd Global announced yesterday that it will take up the cause of battling Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean of Antarctica later this year. The announcement comes just days after court approval of a legal settlement, a deal that will forever block Sea Shepherd Conservation Society from confronting Japanese whalers … Continue reading Sea Shepherd regroups, plans new battles with Japanese whalers

U.S. court declares Sea Shepherd a ‘pirate’ group

“You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch,” begins Judge Alex Kozinski, launching into a scathing ruling against Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which the judge calls a “pirate” organization. Kozinski, chief judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, concluded in a ruling today that U.S. District Judge Richard Jones had made “numerous, … Continue reading U.S. court declares Sea Shepherd a ‘pirate’ group

As whaling resumes, Sea Shepherd faces legal issues

Well, it’s that time of year again. The Japanese whaling fleet is headed toward the Antarctic to kill whales, and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is waiting with an increased armada to frustrate the whaling effort. The level of intrigue has increased substantially this year, as Capt. Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd has become an international … Continue reading As whaling resumes, Sea Shepherd faces legal issues

Sea Shepherd claims victory over Antarctic whalers

UPDATE: March 16 The Japanese whaling fleet killed 266 Antarctic minke whales this year, compared to a government quota of 850, plus one fin whale, compared to a quota of 50, according to Michihiko Kano, Japan’s minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The Mainichi Daily News, based in Japan, reports that the low numbers were … Continue reading Sea Shepherd claims victory over Antarctic whalers

Japanese whalers attack Sea Shepherd with U.S. law

The Institute of Cetacean Research, which manages Japan’s whaling operations in the Antarctic, and Kyodo Senpaku, which owns the whaling ships, are seeking a court order against Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The goal: to block Sea Shepherd from its “numerous violent and dangerous attacks against persons and vessels engaged in whaling, sealing and fishing.” The … Continue reading Japanese whalers attack Sea Shepherd with U.S. law

Sea Shepherd claims victory for whales in Antarctic

Unbridled joy has overtaken crews on three Sea Shepherd vessels as they celebrate a Japanese surrender from whaling in the Antarctic this year — and possibly for all time. “Everybody is overjoyed, laughing and crying and hugging,” said Izumi Stephens, who is serving aboard the Steve Irwin, one of the three vessels harassing the Japanese … Continue reading Sea Shepherd claims victory for whales in Antarctic

Passion for whales links woman to Sea Shepherd

A Bainbridge Island resident, Izumi Stephens, will join Sea Shepherd in its upcoming campaign against the Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic, as I describe in a story in today’s Kitsap Sun. A native of Japan, Izumi will serve as an on-board interpreter for the anti-whaling group. While engaging whalers, Sea Shepherd has an occasional … Continue reading Passion for whales links woman to Sea Shepherd

A chance to peek into life aboard the Sea Shepherd

“Some call them eco terrorists; some call them heroes; they call themselves pirates.” “You have not lived until you’ve found something worth dying for.” “Wallpaper” from the program “Whale Wars.” These quotes are part of the promotion for a new television series on Animal Planet called “Whale Wars.” It tells the inside story about the … Continue reading A chance to peek into life aboard the Sea Shepherd

SeaWorld pulled into long-running battle against Japanese whaling

UPDATE: April 4, 2016 Capt. Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has condemned the Humane Society of the U.S. for forming an alliance with SeaWorld, saying SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby “has found his Judas,” and HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle “single-handedly put the brakes on the movement inspired by Blackfish.” Read the full commentary … Continue reading SeaWorld pulled into long-running battle against Japanese whaling