The launch of the TV show Whale Wars on Animal Planet spread the issue of Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean. Organizations like Greenpeace and the Sea Shepherd campaign to protect whales. However, an underlying tension exists between these two major players. Greenpeace is committed to non-violent direct action while the Sea Shepherd has been know to take radical and innovative direct action against the whalers. This difference in opinion is causing turmoil between the two groups and their lack of cooperation is inhibiting the effectiveness of their anti-whaling campaigns.
After searching the library database with key words such as “Japanese Whaling”, “Eco-terrorism” and “Sea Shepherd”, I found two hits for books. The first book was “Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales and Seal” by Paul Watson (President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation group). I found this book first and flipped through it, but it failed to provide much more than a narrative of his early experiences as a conservationist. Although the information is interesting, I do not think it will be much use for my white paper.
I wasn’t really sure what to write about for my first argument for the white paper, but I was browsing the channels and came across the show Whale Wars on Animal Planet. I’ve watched a couple episodes with my sister so I know the background of the show. Basically a conservation organization called the Sea Shepherd travels by boat to the Antarctic waters in search of the Japanese whaling fleet. Their goal is to disrupt the Japanese whaling fleet so that their whaling efforts are hindered to the point where they must return home.