Monday, November 5, 2012
Operation Zero Tolerance
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society launches Operation Zero Tolerance today. It is the 9th annual campaign to stop Japanese whales from illegal acts in the Southern Ocean.
For the past 9 years, Sea Shepherd has stopped Japanese Whalers from making tens of millions of dollars in revenue from these illegal killings, and this year they are more ready than ever.
With four vessels this year (Steve Irwin, Bob Barker, Brigitte Bardot and the new Sam Simon), Sea Shepherd plans to meet the Japanese in the North Pacific off of Japan instead of in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
The Sam Simon, named after the television producer and wildlife advocate, will wait in the Southern Ocean in case the Japanese fleet gets by the other ships on the way.
According to Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd has never been stronger. The objective of Operation Zero Tolerance is to economically sink the Japanese whaling fleet, bankrupting them. The Japanese are currently surviving on the massive allocations of relief funds from the tsunami in 2011. Couldn't these funds have been better used elsewhere in Japan?