There are countless nonprofits working towards preserving animals and animals’ rights. Essentially, Sea Shepherd is just one of them. Their methods and unorthodox ways of getting the job done separates them from the rest of the pile.
Sea Shepherd History
Founded in 1977, Sea Shepherd’s main goal is to conserve marine life and bring justice to those trying to harm it for their personal gains.
Ever since the foundations of the organizations were set, Captain Paul Watson and his crew have been working hard to turn Sea Shepherd into a global movement. Even though the organization gets some flak for their out of the ordinary methods, they currently have entities working independently in over 20 countries. These entities also work together on certain campaigns and aim to show the truth behind illegal fishing and whale hunting.
What is the purpose of the Sea Shepherd?
Sea Shepherd also has a fleet that roams around popular illegal hunting spots and becomes the nightmare of those guilty of illegal hunting.
To those of you wondering what their methods are, the video above could be a good starting point. The fact it was also filmed by the whale hunters makes it quite an interesting video.
Most animals’ rights activists will know that negotiating peacefully takes too long and may even end up doing nothing. I am not trying to promote violence or anything, I am just trying to express that I sort of get where they are coming from.
They wait for no one and take the matter into their hands. They have been in the business for more than 40 years and know that waiting for the coast guard or any other authorities nets the bad guys a win. Most run away or use international waters to their advantage.
Despite being called “eco terrorists” and all the criticism they get, Sea Shepherd’s heart is definitely in the right place and they are still actively working towards conserving marine life.
Sea Shepherd Travels Across the World
Since 1977, their mission and journey has taken them all over the world. The group has done their magic around West Africa, Liberia, Tanzania, the Great Barrier Reef and East Timor. Their fleet also grows with them and people keep volunteering from all over the world. One could even call them a family.
They stare fear in the face, go headfirst into danger. All in the name of love for animals.