On December 3rd Sea Shepherd embarked on its 11th Antarctic whale defense campaign. Once again, our ships are all that stands between the whales and the Japanese whaling fleet.
Japan’s so-called “scientific research” program to hunt 333 Minke whales has been rejected by the International Court of Justice, the International Whaling Commission and the Australian Federal Court. Despite international attention and outrage, no direct action has been taken against these illegal activities. Once again, the job of defending and protecting the whales is left to us.
With your support, Sea Shepherd has gone down to the Southern Ocean to stop them. Leading the campaign is our brand new high-speed patrol ship, the Ocean Warrior, along with our flagship vessel the Steve Irwin, a veteran of the Antarctic campaigns since 2007.
Why We Need Your Help
Even with the superior speed of the Ocean Warrior and international law on our side, Operation Nemesis will be one of the most difficult campaigns that we’ve ever undertaken. The Japanese have doubled their whaling area in the Southern Ocean, meaning we’ll have to search in an expanse twice as large to find them.
It’s more critical than ever that Sea Shepherd’s ships can operate at their full capacity throughout the campaign. Our ships need essential equipment – such as a piloted helicopter for surveillance – and enough fuel to sustain constant patrolling and high-speed pursuits in the harsh Antarctic conditions.
Being able to sustain our whale defense campaign with two ships costs us an average of €8000 each and every day, a considerable expense we simply cannot meet without your financial support. Please donate today to help us defend, conserve and protect the whales of the Southern Ocean once again.