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Operation Leviathian September 19, 2006 4:31 AM

Japan's Killing Fleet In December 2006 & January 2007, the Japanese whaling fleet will begin to illegally kill 1,000 whales in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. Fifty of these whales will be endangered humpbacks and another fifty will be endangered fin whales. Although the Japanese claim research as their motivation, the only research they are undertaking is product development and marketing of whale meat to turn their illicit whale flesh into dog food, cosmetics, and sushi dishes they make huge profits. The killing of these whales is a gross violation of numerous international treaties and regulations including the U.N. World Charter for Nature and the Antarctic Territorial Treaty commercial whaling is outlawed and it is illegal to hunt endangered species in an international whale sanctuary. It is more important than ever that we act now. Operation Leviathan: The Plan for 2006 Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has embarked on Operation Leviathan: a campaign to raise funds for a new vessel to return to Antarctica in December to defend the whales. In order for us to be effective, we must have a ship that can match the speed of the Japanese whaling fleet and enforce international conservation law. Our goal for this effort is $3 million to be raised in cash and pledges so that we can purchase a ship similar to the one pictured above. This is a huge undertaking for us considering our annual budget ($1.4M) and our time constraints - but one that will meet with great success if we all participate. We are more determined than ever to defend these whales which deserve to live their lives wild and free. We believe that the heritage of future generations should include the magnificent and intelligent whales and that the delicately balanced ecosystems that we enjoy are preserved for future generations.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
helping whales dodge harpoons- September 19, 2006 3:18 PM

as operation leviathan amps up, theres lots we can do to help -- here in oz we have started to collect marine equipment and tools to donate to sea shepherd --any donations or assistance welcome  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 23, 2006 10:10 AM

On the Sea Shepherd site, there is something called e-scrip--you can register assorted shopping cards, like Safeway, & a % of your $ goes to your choice of organization.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 25, 2006 2:19 PM

What a great idea Boris! I hope you'll be able to collect lots of useful tools for the Farley Mowat! And Annette, I read about that eScrip programme, but unfortunately that is U.S. only, so I can't participate... I really hope they'll get everything they need together in time. This whale slaughter is truly horrific and with Greenpeace not returning this year Sea Shepherd will have to work extra hard to protect the whales.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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