Captain Watson, who had been the pioneering co-founder of Greenpeace prior to founding Sea Shepherd, finally parted ways with the organization in opposition to new policies preventing use of direct-action tactics against whalers. Guided by a fierce conviction that employing direct-action tactics against poachers was crucial for achieving the goals set forth by marine conservationists, and for effectively enforcing international charters, laws, and resolutions designed to protect the endangered species of the world's oceans.
Season after season, Whale Wars features the thrilling lifestyles and adventures of Sea Shepherd's frontline wildlife defenders as they battle whalers on the high seas. Using disruptive, direct-action interventions and tactics, Sea Shepherd's ships and members confront the problem of wildlife poaching and whaling with non-violence as a guiding principle upheld by the organization's official mandate. These tactics have often included tactical positioning of sea vessels and other supportive transport vehicles in order to interrupt the activities of animal poachers while they are in progress, compromising whaling ships' propellers and other crucial structures, dousing ships with slippery, non-harmful liquid agents in order to obstruct whalers' movements, in addition to a variety of improvised, situation-specific disruptions.
Sea Shepherd will also sponsor the New York Vegetarian Food Festival on March 3rd and 4th. (click here for more information).
In addition, the annual Beneath the Sea Dive Show is set to take place at Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ from March 23-25. The show will be backed heavily by the presence of Sea Shepherd activists and volunteers, and will feature a whole host of different diving and marine-life related underwater seminars, screenings, performances, and gala events. [beneaththesea.org]