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Post by Leonie on Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:18 am

Do you know this organisation?
If yeah what do you think about what they do? Do you think that it's good or bad?
Discuss here what you think about them.
Edit: I forgot this: http://www.seashepherd.org/


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Post by Survivor of Violence on Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:31 pm

what is it?

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Post by Leonie on Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:50 pm

It's a Tv show. That shows the live (on sea) from a anti-whaling organisation called "Sea Shepherd". Some People say that they're Terrorists, but for me they're heros! They risk their lives to saves whales, Dolphines and Sharks.
The reast you can google.

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Post by Survivor of Violence on Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:52 pm

okay, fair enough smile

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Post by Leonie on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:03 pm

would you risk your life for a whale?
btw I'll move this into general strike and give it a new name smile

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Post by Survivor of Violence on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:18 pm

okay

i think that if i had the opportunity to save whales i would do this without a thought

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Post by Leonie on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:21 pm

You can do it. But it's pretty hard. Because you have to throw rodden butter or red paint on the japanese ships.
Or when you will get onto the Steve Irwin you have Paul Watson as captn. that'll be really great. Because he's a awesome man. And well, eh I forgot that I wanted to say...

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Post by Survivor of Violence on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:26 pm

lol okay smile

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Post by Leonie on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:29 pm

Kate, you can wait 7yrs then I'll come with you laugh ( I want a year break)

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Post by Leonie on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:48 pm

oh I forgot to say, some people think they're really cool (not the sea shepherds) and call them Vegan-Pussys(south Park eppisode with them). But actually that peoplke are the ones who sit infront of the TVs and are stupid, best expl. my brother laugh ; they think that because they dont attack the whale hunters. But they're 1. Not allowed to attack them (llaw-ish way from Holland yk they could loose the flag and if they ship without a flag they're pirates and then any random ship can catch them and bring them back to the harbour) and 2. They dont want to kill anybody. But the whales have guns and they shoot pretty often at them (wich I cant understand).

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Post by Survivor of Violence on Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:06 pm

Leonie wrote:Kate, you can wait 7yrs then I'll come with you laugh ( I want a year break)
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Post by Leonie on Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:21 pm

To my friends and supporters,

I am presently in a place on this planet where I feel comfortable, a safe place far away from the scheming nations who have turned a blind eye to the exploitation of our oceans.

The German government said I betrayed their trust by leaving Germany, yet they had already betrayed my trust. The German politicians had made up their minds politically before the German court had made a decision, and during the time I was held in Germany, the Japanese negotiated with Germany to file for an extradition order to Japan on fabricated evidence provided by former Sea Shepherd Crewmember, Peter Bethune.

In 2010, the Japanese ship Shonan Maru #2 deliberately rammed and destroyed the Ady Gil, nearly killing 6 people. The Japanese captain was not even questioned, damages were never paid, no charges were filed and they took the Ady Gil captain, Peter Bethune, back to Japan where he cooperated to provide false evidence to the Japanese Coast Guard to blame me for the boarding actions, despite the on-camera documentation that I specifically advised against the boarding by Bethune.

We have cost the Japanese whaling industry tens of millions of dollars and in October 2011, they were allocated a war chest of some thirty million dollars in misappropriated Tsunami Relief Funds to combat Sea Shepherd. With that money they have increased security at sea, filed civil suits in the U.S. Courts against us, and they have researched just where we might be vulnerable.

And the one possibility they found was a decade-old incident that occurred in Guatemalan waters in 2002. This charge simply involves obstructing a Costa Rican long-liner with water hoses. It was an action that occurred with permission of the Guatemalan government and it was against a fully documented illegal shark-finning operation that was also filmed for the award-winning documentary film, "Sharkwater." It was against a vessel that only a year before had been convicted of shark-finning in the waters of the Galapagos National Park Marine Reserve, where our vessel the Sirenian had helped to apprehend them.

Japan had previously tried to have me arrested by Interpol for the Bethune incident but Interpol refused their request for a 'red' notification, allowing them only a 'blue' notice, meaning that countries could report my movements to Japan but could not arrest me.

In December, the President of Costa Rica met with the Prime Minister of Japan. I had attended the Hamburg Film Festival in November 2011 without being arrested in Germany. In March I traveled to Spain and France without incident. Yet in May of 2012, I was arrested in Germany on an extradition warrant from Costa Rica. And what I found was that Costa Rica, like Japan, had issued an Interpol notice and Interpol at the end had dismissed the request.

Germany however, a country without an extradition treaty with Costa Rica or Japan, decided to apprehend me on what they described was a bilateral agreement with Costa Rica. This, of course, caught Japan's attention and they began negotiations to apply directly to Germany with a request for my extradition. That request by Japan was approved by Germany on July 23rd, 2012. I was alerted to this by reliable sources on July 22nd.

With Costa Rica, I had the evidence on film and with two dozen witnesses I was confident that I could win the case against the allegations of the shark finners. My only concern was that Costa Rica would then hand me over to Japan. For with Japan, there is the absolute certainty that once in Japanese custody, I will never be released.

That certainty meant that there could only be one option: I made the decision to depart Germany immediately.

I find it absurd that in all the years I have been campaigning for the protection and conservation of marine life, where I have not caused a single injury to a single person and have only interfered with illegal operations as defined by international conservation law, that Japan can make accusations against me after destroying a two-million-dollar vessel, injuring a crewmember and almost killing five others.

I am very disappointed with the German government. For me it is obvious that the German government conspired with Japan and Costa Rica to detain me so that I could be handed over to the Japanese. For me it is clear that they made the political decision to turn me over to the Japanese even before a court decision was made. All the German people that I have met were supportive of the work I do. I did not meet a single critic in the streets, in the courts, in the media or at any of the events and presentations that I attended. Even the police and members of the court were supportive.

I am very thankful for the support that I received in Germany and especially from the sympathetic sources that provided me with the information about the decisions made and the impending political decision to accept the Japanese demand to extradite me to Japan, once a court decision would be on their desk.

This was never really about Costa Rica. It has been about Japan all along.

We have confronted the Japanese whalers for eight seasons and we have humiliated them at sea and more importantly we have frustrated their illegal profiteering from the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

This is not about justice; it is about revenge. It is about a small group of dedicated volunteers opposing an economic super power and a multi-million-dollar whale poaching operation in a whale sanctuary. It is about speaking truth to economic and political power.

Costa Rica and Germany have simply been pawns in the Japanese quest to silence Sea Shepherd in an attempt to stop our annual opposition to their illegal whaling activities.

I know the whale killing poachers of Japan will continue to exploit all avenues to find a way to stop me. I have, however, eluded them once again and I will continue to try and keep a step ahead of them, no matter what risks and costs have to be made.

I can serve my clients better at sea than in a Japanese prison cell and I intend to do just that. In December, our ships will sail forth for the ninth campaign to oppose the outlaw Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The campaign will be called Operation Zero Tolerance and we will risk our ships and our selves yet again in the effort required to stop these pelagic bandits in their remorseless slaughter of the gentle giants of the seas.

Thank-you for your continued support,

Captain Paul Watson

Background: Captain Watson had been detained in Germany for 70 days despite thousands of letters of support sent to the German Ministry of Justice from the public, celebrities, politicians and other luminaries arguing for his release of this politically motivated warrant. He was arrested in Frankfurt on May 13th on a 10-year-old warrant from Costa Rica while en route to Cannes, France. He was being detained in Germany for extradition to Costa Rica for an alleged "violation of ship traffic," which occurred during the 2002 filming of the award-winning documentary, "Sharkwater." The specific incident took place on the high seas in Guatemalan waters, when Sea Shepherd encountered an illegal shark-finning operation run by Costa Rican vessel, the Varadero. On order of Guatemalan authorities, Sea Shepherd instructed the crew of the Varadero to cease their shark-finning activities and head back to port to be prosecuted. While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew. To avoid the Guatemalan gunboat, Sea Shepherd then set sail for Costa Rica, where the crew uncovered even more illegal shark-finning activities in the form of dried shark fins by the thousands on the roofs of industrial buildings.

He's a hero. A motherfucking hero!!!
Edit: FREE PAUL WATSON!!!!

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Post by Survivor of Violence on Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:42 pm

nice!

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Post by Leonie on Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:43 pm

Survivor of Violence wrote:nice!
what?

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Post by Survivor of Violence on Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:21 pm

that he's free

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Post by itslikelectiveamnesia on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:51 am

good luck to all of them. hes doing a very honorable thing.

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Post by Leonie on Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:05 am

"We have cost the Japanese whaling industry tens of millions of dollars and in October 2011, they were allocated a war chest of some thirty million dollars in misappropriated Tsunami Relief Funds to combat Sea Shepherd. With that money they have increased security at sea, filed civil suits in the U.S. Courts against us, and they have researched just where we might be vulnerable."
I donated for Japan last year mellow
Well, I knew that they dont gave it the victims. But against sea shepherd? common Japan. Dont be so stupid laugh

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Post by Leonie on Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:50 pm

Rise Against does support Sea Shepherd btw.

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Post by Survivor of Violence on Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:02 am

another reason to like them more smile

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Post by Leonie on Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:34 am

who? Sea Shepherd or RA?

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RA laugh

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Post by Leonie on Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:08 pm



An Odyssey for the Whales
“Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more.”
— William Shakespeare, “Henry V”



It is September 10th and I have been free from Germany now for 50 days.

I can’t say that it has been unpleasant. As a matter of fact I don’t think that I have had the opportunity to enjoy nature so much in years. The number of species that I have seen up close in person over the last month and a half has been awesome and to me that is the true value of being alive – to see, hear, smell, taste and touch the natural world, to be amongst the dolphins and whales, seals and turtles, birds and fish, to experience life above, upon, and below that great and mysterious cradle of life we know as the sea.

And to see the stars at night, the broad infinite sparkling belt of light twinkling mysteriously from the past, to see meteors burning into fiery dust in the sky, the green flash of the sun as it dips into the sea, a cloud burst showering the decks with the crystal clear lifeblood of the Earth.

Sometimes we forget just what it is we defend and it is refreshing to be reminded about what it is all about, what really counts, what really matters.

It has been a sad month for me with the loss of my beloved brother Stephen. I regret that I was not able to attend the service for him but when we did speak I was so impressed at his lack of fear, his incredible optimism and his love for his family and for the world. He has always been and will always be a great inspiration to me. He asked me to bring his ashes to Antarctica and I intend to do so.

He was an artist and that is a special kind of warrior.

Operation Zero Tolerance is proceeding according to schedule thanks to the excellent leadership by Captains Peter Hammarstedt, Locky MacLean, Alex Cornelissen, Malcolm Holland and Sid Chakavarty, and to the dedicated efforts of all the ships’ officers and crew and all the onshore crew of volunteers around the world working to get our ships out to sea come December to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet before they begin their merciless slaughter of the whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

The Steve Irwin was very well received at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia last week and is now heading back to Williamstown for final preparations. The Bob Barker is in Sydney completing preparations and the Brigitte Bardot is returning from anti-poaching patrols in the South Pacific.

Our African team under Laurens De Groot has just completed a very successful campaign to protect fur seals in Namibia and our South Pacific shark campaign under the direction of Julie Andersen has just completed an awesomely successful campaign in Fiji, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Kiribati.

Sea Shepherd Australia director Jeff Hansen along with Operation Kimberly Miinimbi campaign leader Bob Brown had an excellent Southern Hemisphere winter voyage to Northwestern Australia where they not only brought international attention to the threats against the nursing grounds of the Humpback whale from the gas industry, they actually helped to get Chevron to withdraw from the project.

Now you don’t accomplish all these things without making enemies and Sea Shepherd has some very powerful enemies and these enemies have very deep pockets.

In June we won our case against the Maltese company Fish and Fish, for intervening against their poaching of Bluefin tuna. The British courts ordered them to pay our legal fees and our bond of 520,000 pounds was to be returned. The attorney for Fish and Fish filed for an appeal saying “We will get him, we just need to keep throwing money at him.”

This means we now need to wait until December for a verdict on the appeal and of course more legal fees. That’s okay, we can be patient.

In March, Sea Shepherd won the case against the Japanese whalers when the U.S. Courts rejected their demand for an injunction to prevent us from intervening against their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. They also have appealed, forcing us to spend more money on legal fees.

And there are the bogus charges against me by Costa Rica and Japan.

Japan has been allocated $30 million U.S. from the Tsunami Relief Fund to attack us through litigation, public relations campaigns and increased security measures.

Using donated funds and tax dollars, the Japanese are using litigation as a weapon. This is not surprising. The Japanese whaling industry and the Japanese government have been humiliated by Sea Shepherd activities and Japanese pride and stubbornness is legendary. After all, to this day Japan still refuses to accept responsibility for the Rape of Nanking, continuing to insist that the atrocities never took place and they have of course never apologized to China for that horrific crime.

We have reduced the entire Japanese whaling industry to a welfare project surviving only because of massive government subsidies. We have also exposed their illegal whaling activities to the entire world through our campaigns being televised on Whale Wars. And most important of all our achievements is the fact that more than 4,000 whales are alive that would now be dead if not for our interventions.

And because these people only believe in money, they actually think that forcing us to spend money will hurt us. They see money as an end in itself, something to be sought after no matter the cost to nature, to life and the future.

We on the other hand see money as a tool, the means to get where we need to go to stop what we need to put a stop to. Money to us is merely a resource to defend life.

Our enemies will not break us in the field, in the courts or financially because we will continue to fight them with nothing if need be and from inside a jail cell if we must, but backing down to their vicious greed and ruthless destruction is something we will never do.

So I may be on the run but I can say that I am quite content with what we have been able to do, what we continue to do and what we intend to do.

All sailors know that a voyage is a venture into the unknown and that circumstances change and unpredictability is always something that can with certainty be predicted. Dangers lie over every horizon and beneath the waves and from within the clouds.

We navigate these passages with three basic instruments. Courage. Imagination. And most importantly – passion.

If beaten down, we get back up. If disappointed, we carry on, and if we die in pursuit of our goals, we bequeath a legacy of inspiration.

There is a time and a place for strategic decisions and I believe at some point I will make myself available to answer the ridiculous charges from Japan and Costa Rica, but presently my priorities lie in seeing Operation Zero Tolerance deployed as Sea Shepherd returns to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary once again.

The Japanese believe that if they can prevent me from leading the next campaign that they will be able to stop our ships returning to the Southern Ocean. It won’t, of course, but it is my duty to do all that I can to return to my flagship to take command of the campaign, but if prevented from doing so, the chain of command within Sea Shepherd will carry on the interventions.

And we will be returning stronger than ever before, more experienced than ever before, and more determined than ever before.

And for all those wondering where I am, the answer is that I am simply free and focused on preparing Operation Zero Tolerance. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a global organization with onshore support groups worldwide and of course our theatre of operation is that part of the planet covered in salt water, which also happens to be the last true bastion of freedom in the world.

Sea Shepherd is the ocean and the ocean is Sea Shepherd and no matter how remote our position, how high and vast the seas, how strong and cold the wind, how frigid the water, we are at home and safe within the sanctuary provided by this great and mysterious rolling blue grey shroud of our ocean, the cradle of all life and the most important environment upon this planet, for if it dies, we all die.

And therefore with the Southern Cross to guide me, I intend to rejoin the Sea Shepherd fleet and once more my hearties it is into the breach to once again intervene and confront those dark-hearted killers of the greatest minds in the sea.

We have saved the lives of more than 4,000 of these magnificent sentient wondrous intelligent beings in the Southern Ocean. I intend to see that we defend and protect another thousand.

I would like to ask your help in doing so.

We have the ships. We have the equipment. We have the experience and we have a passionate and courageous crew of volunteers.

What we need is fuel to get us there, to keep us there and to return.

We need at total of 1,200 tons of fuel to get our ships to sea, allowing them to shut down the Japanese whaling fleet for the entire whaling season.

Twelve thousand tons of fuel at $1,250 a ton, which means about $1.5 million dollars.

This is the amount we need to raise and we can easily do that if everyone who cares for the lives of the whales donates something towards this objective.

When we needed $750,000 to free the Steve Irwin from the Scottish courts, we raised it within ten days because we have a worldwide support base of people who care.

And because you care, I am confident we can reach this goal over the next two months, and in return for your investment in this campaign, we will return the gift of life in the form of living whales swimming free in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.



My reaction: THIS MAN IS A FREAKING HERO!!!




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