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Category Archive: Wildlife

Here are all the SuperVegan blog posts categorized under Wildlife. XML

  1. Whale Wars Returns June 5

    Tune in at 9pm tonight to see Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew battle Japanese whaling ships. If Season Two is anything like Season One, get ready for a wild ride. Animal Planet has gone all out to promote the show and the current Whale Wars crew has been making the rounds. Last night Captain Watson and crew members Laurens de Groot, Chris Aultman, Shannon Mann even made an appearance on CNN’s Larry King.

    Make sure to check out Animal Planet’s site where you can even “Implicate a Friend” and send a personalized video claiming your friend is wanted in connection with anti-whaling activities. And this is via Animal Planet–a national channel with major advertisers… amazing.

    Speaking of implicating a friend, SuperVegan’s very own Tod Emko, who appeared on Season One of the show, will not be making an appearance on Season Two as he was in the Galapagos and couldn’t make it on the boat for a second round. Check out the SuperVegan archive for all of Tod’s posts about his experiences protecting animals around the world.

    If Sea Shepherd’s crew is indeed “a bunch of pirates” (according to a Greenpeace canvasser on the streets of NYC who was reacting to Tod’s Sea Shepherd-logo hat), then they are some pirates that I can get behind. Argggh matey!

    ETA: Check out these videos from the upcoming season: season two sneak peak, meet the crew, and Warning: Graphic Content (must be 18 to view).

  2. The Tiburon Martillo floating Ranger base, seen from the deck of the Sierra Negra Ranger vessel

    The Tiburon Martillo floating Ranger base, seen from the deck of the Sierra Negra Ranger vessel

    From September to December 2008, the vegan conservation group Sea Shepherd waged a fight to protect the ecosystem and all the animals of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This blog recounts what happened in that time, serving for the group.

    The post below describes one of the biggest projects I was lucky enough to be involved with in the Galapagos.

    Anti-Poaching

    Alex had been busy these three months. He hired a brilliant Ecuadorian woman from Quito, named Malena. She’s invaluable every single day in keeping Sea Shepherd’s doors open.

    Together, Alex and Malena didn’t just keep the office open despite the President’s orders. They somehow managed to form solid relationships with the non-corrupt and very effective Ecuadorian law enforcement offices that O’Hearn formerly worked with as well.

    The two also managed to form great relationships with the Rangers. And together with WildAid, the Charles Darwin Foundation, other immensely helpful partners, all parties participated in a monumental Ranger project that would change the anti-poaching effort of the Galapagos in a massive way for the better.

    Wolf Island

    This project was one of the biggest things to happen in the Galapagos not just during this campaign, but during this decade. Together, all these parties planned to create the first conservation law enforcement base at isolated Wolf Island, the most pristine and unique island of all the Galapagos, the island around which so much of the poaching has happened.
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  3. Galapaganean locals paint canvas shopping bags at an anti-plastic bag campaign we helped out at

    Galapaganean locals paint canvas shopping bags at an anti-plastic bag campaign we helped out at

    From September to December 2008, the vegan conservation group Sea Shepherd waged a fight to protect the ecosystem and all the animals of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This blog recounts what happened in that time, serving for the group.

    The post below describes one of the biggest arguments the locals had against Sea Shepherd’s involvement in Galapagos.

    My goal was to make sure no more animals would have to share the fate of my poor Nikki Wolf. We’re currently working with locals to try to find a sensible way to raise funding for the building of a proper permanent clinic/hospital.

    There was just one more major obstacle in the way of massive public support for the things we were trying to do.

    Argument 4: Other Social Problems

    This argument came up every time the issue of trying to promote animal welfare came up to an educated audience with means.

    4: “Save the ecosystem?! How dare you try to help animals and the environment before solving all the human issues like education!”

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  4. Fewer countries are starting to tolerate Canada's annual baby seal slaughter

    Fewer countries are starting to tolerate Canada’s annual baby seal slaughter

    This past week, soon after Canada started its annual baby seal hunt, Spain joined a growing list of countries that voted to ban all seal products in the European Union.

    Spain voted against seal products for the EU on March 25, following close on the heels of Ireland’s March 17 vote to ban all seal products. Several other European countries like the Netherlands, France, and Germany (as well as the EU parliament’s internal market and consumer protection committee) have also voted to ban all seal products. Canada, whose annual seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world (killing well over a quarter of a million seals per year), is becoming more and more isolated in its stance on the needless practice.

    Even Russia announced banning its own baby seal hunt this March, and this year a Canadian Senator proposed to end Canada’s seal hunt. A majority of Canada’s population are opposed to the hunt as well.

    Although the 2009 Canadian seal hunt has just begun, the Canadian hunters have already killed over 19,000 seals so far this season. For more information on Canada’s hunt, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has this helpful page on facts and information about the hunt.

    And for more videos and photos on the annual hunt, here is Sea Shepherd’s media page concerning the fight against Canada’s seal slaughter.

  5. From September to December 2008, the vegan conservation group Sea Shepherd waged a fight to protect the ecosystem and all the animals of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This blog recounts what happened in that time, serving for the group.

    The post below analyzes more of the arguments the locals had against Sea Shepherd operating in the Galapagos, and how the plan adjusted accordingly.

    This next argument is also quite interesting. It’s similar to the first, but angers people in a different and important way.

    Argument 2: Poverty

    2: “You rich gringos come here and antagonize all the poor locals who are just trying to make a living!”

    The perception is that Sea Shepherd is trying to shut down poor people from making any living. Of course, this is also fascinatingly far from the truth. When Sean O’Hearn made his busts, the people he targeted were the crime bosses. Chinese businessmen, military commanders, high ranking politicians. The Sea Shepherd organization has zero interest in shutting down poor people (that and I was pretty miserably poor compared to anyone I was trying to oppose). But, the PERCEPTION that we do is very important, because so many people WANT to believe it.

    When O’Hearn was initially deported from Ecuador, it was because the President heard that O’Hearn was kicking down the doors of impoverished fishermen and stealing their fish so they couldn’t feed their families. Now, it may seem obvious that such a rumor – that the head of a major international NGO would be spending his time going around stealing from the poor – would require some fact checking. But the idea that this rich American was going around pushing his weight on penniless, helpless Ecuadorians was so attractive that the President didn’t bother to check up on it. When the truth came out that O’Hearn was a humble man married to an Ecuadorian woman and that the couple had a two-year old child together, the President lost face because of his impetuousness, further cooling relations between Sea Shepherd and Ecuador.

    The point is, this is an extremely powerful perception. One that wasn’t going to be easily overcome. To address it, I had to spend time being taken on tours of the ghettos of the Galapagos. I didn’t even know what I wanted to accomplish there initially, but I had to at least see the poverty and examine it.
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