44 activists from the Greenpeace ships Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise spell out a personal appeal.
Activists like Texas, Andrew, Lally, Nathan, Mikey, Phil and all
theother folks you've come to know through the Oceans Defenders
webloghave done all they can. They've saved whales.
They'veslowed down the hunt. They've alerted millions of people
aroundthe world to the whale killing they've witnessed in the
SouthernOcean. Now it's up to all of us to act on what
they'veshown us -- and finish the job.
We've spent 61 days at sea, half of them in front of
theharpoons. We've broken and fixed every boat we have at
leastonce. We've been rammed. We've had explosive harpoons fired
overour heads. Our activists have risked their lives in the
freezingAntarctic waters and spent their holiday season away from
family andloved ones for the chance to save a whale.
Here's a message from expedition leader Shane Rattenbury, to you
oceandefenders and all who have been part of this exciting campaign
for thelast few months:
Logistically we cannot remain in the Southern Ocean any longer, but this certainly isn't the last you'll hear of us.
The 57 crew on both Greenpeace ships want to thank everyone who hassupported our work down here by writing letters of support tonewspapers and websites, and also to thank our millions of individualfinancial supporters around the world. It's thanks to our new fastership, the Esperanza, that we were able to keep up with the whalers thewhole time, and we couldn't be down here without that support.
For a month now we have dogged, delayed and disrupted the whaling fleetin the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, and have no doubt that they havefallen far behind in their bid to slaughter 935 minke whales and 10endangered fin whales. It is our hope that this struggle will inspirepeople to help us defend whales, so that it goes down in history as thelast time the peaceful silence in the Sanctuary is broken by the soundof a grenade-tipped harpoon.
Whaling is not just the concern of governments and cryptic
politicalmeetings. There is big business involved. While whaling is
notprofitable, you might be surprised to learn of some famous
seafoodcompanies' connections to whaling. We're asking you to help
us make thewhaling stop.
Many companies outside Japan are owned by, or have contracts
with,Nissui, the corporation which owns one third of Kyodo
Senpaku,which owns the whalingfleet. We aim to expose exactly how
whalers profit from thefish you buy, and demand those companies
disassociate themselvesfrom whaling.
Nissui need to know that whaling is bad forbusiness.
When you sign up as an Ocean
Defender, we'll sendyou ongoing information about who these
companies are and how youcan pressure them.
Already in Argentina, activists have convinced a popular
seafoodcompany to cancel contracts with Nissui corporation.
Injust 2 days over 21,000 cyberactivists contacted the company
anddownloaded stickers to place on Santa Elena products
insupermarkets, to highlight that the company was implicated in
thekilling of whales.
In the US, we've hit whaler-owned
seafood giant Gortons with nearly 40,000 letters from all
around the world.
Europe, Nissui is being hammered with pressure to use
itsone-third ownership of Kyodo Senpaku to pressure for a shut
downof the whaling fleet.
And while we continue to pressure those targets, we're opening
anew front with
Sealord, a New Zealand-based fishing company thatis 50% owned
by Nissui. Sealord sells toseafood distributors all over the
world, and we'll be targettingproducts that whalers profit from
wherever they're sold. You can send a
message to Sealord now.
Need a reminder of what we're asking you to oppose?
Watch this video of a minke whale taking over half an hour to
Need to know how far we're committed to ending this hunt?
Watch a harpoon fly one meter over the heads of our activists
and see one of them tipped into the freezing Antarctic waters.
Need an assurance that you're not the only one that's going to do anything about this?
Have a look at the comments on the Weblog. We
are assembling anon-violent army from all over the world.
Individually we're a drop.Together we're an ocean.
This is what Mikey was willing to do to save the whales; can you
makeroom in your life to sign up for
a newsletter, send a fewemails, and help us end the bloody
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