CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010 |
The Hollywood-style rescue of six militant conservationists stranded after Tuesday night's collision between an anti-whaling boat and a Japanese whaler in the Southern Ocean spotlighted significant financial contributions to the activists from two of the entertainment industry's top animal-cause philanthropists. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's sleek, speedy and stealthy carbon-fiber trimaran, the Ady Gil, was purchased with a $1-million donation from Gil, co-owner of American Hi Definition Inc., one of Hollywood's leading providers of video production trucks, custom control rooms and camera systems to entertainment and corporate clients, including Jay Leno.
February 10, 2009 |
A group of militant conservationists embroiled in clashes with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean have decided to end their campaign for the season, the group's leader said today. The risk had become too great that someone would be seriously injured in the increasingly contentious run-ins on the remote and icy waters, Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ship, said by satellite phone. The ship Steve Irwin left for the southern Australian state of Tasmania.
December 21, 2008 |
A hard-line environmentalist group chasing Japanese whalers near Antarctica said it had found the Japanese fleet and had attempted to attack one of the vessels with stink bombs. In a statement on its website, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said the attack by a boat launched from its ship the Steve Irwin was called off because of blizzard conditions.
March 8, 2008 |
The Japan Coast Guard said anti-whaling activists threw rotten butter and other objects at a Japanese whale-processing ship, the latest high-seas clash over the country's annual hunt. The coast guard said its officers aboard the vessel responded by tossing nonlethal explosive devices as a warning. The leader of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society anti-whaling group said he had been shot at during the confrontation with the whaling vessel, the Nisshin Maru, and was saved by his bulletproof vest.
October 4, 2003
Kirkpatrick Sale referred to me and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in his Sept. 29 commentary on the Earth Liberation Front, "These Elves Are Up to More Than Mischief." He wrote that "ecotage," or eco-sabotage, began in this country in 1977 when I founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Sea Shepherd operates outside of the U.S. primarily, and the organization has undertaken only one action within the territory of the U.S., a completely legal opposition to illegal whaling by the Makah tribe in Washington state in 1998 and 1999.
June 1, 2003
Susan Salter Reynolds made reference to me in her article defending the barbaric slaughter of whales in the Faeroe Islands ("Hunting Whales in West L.A.," April 27). She reported a very sanitized whale kill, most likely organized for her benefit. Her description does not sound like anything that I have witnessed there, and I have plenty of video attesting to the horrific cruelty involved with the killing of these whales. I can provide video of pilot whales being stoned, stabbed and slashed, and video of whales having their heads sawed off while alive and children participating by poking out the whales' eyes.