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03 December 2009

Cheers and tears... Captain Paul Watson's message

Recently in Brisbane, the Biome team was privileged to hear a rousing presentation by Captain Paul Watson, the Founder and President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

I did not realise the incredible 30 year journey of Captain Watson and Sea Shepherd.  He acts on the belief that the passions of individuals change the world, not governments.

Sea Shepherd will soon depart on it’s sixth Whale Defense Campaign Operation Waltzing Matilda. Sea Shepherd’s flagship Steve Irwin, will be accompanied to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary by the menacing looking and fast Ady Gil.   Previously known as Earthrace, the Ady Gil is the futuristic looking trimaran that set the world record for global circumnavigation.  Captain Watson says the Ady Gil gives them the speed to stay with the Japanese whaling fleet and physically block the harpoon ships from slaughtering whales.
He explained that the hit reality TV series, Whale Wars, has helped raise the funds to ensure they are well equipped, including acquiring the Ady Gil.

Says Captain Watson, “With these two ships, we will mount the most ambitious and aggressive effort to date to obstruct the slaughter of the whales in the Southern Ocean.”

Another of his interesting themes was that Sea Shepherd is vegan.  As defenders of all ocean wildlife and habitats, they do not eat meat or fish.  He had strong messages about depleting fish supplies.  Did you know that the pigs farmed for human consumption world-wide eat more fish than all the sharks in the ocean?

He believes you can measure intelligence by the ability of a species to know how to live in harmony...which makes many animal species much smarter that mere humans.

To help support Sea Shepherd we quickly arranged to stock these in time for Christmas gifts:
Whale Wars DVD
Whale Warriors book

Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.


Alicia said...

I didn't realize how much fish was consumed by farmed pigs. One of the biggest things we can do to help the environment is to cut down on meat consumtion

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