Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A look at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – Helping Protect Our Oceans and its Inhabitants

If you have visited my shop on ArtFire you might have seen that for some of my prints, part of the proceeds go to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). For my guest blog post for the Crafting for Animals Guild on ArtFire, I have chosen to write about this important organization.

The founder of Sea Shepherds, Captain Paul Watson, parted ways with Greenpeace in 1977. The same year he co-founded the Earthforce Environmental Society in Vancouver, Canada along with Ron Precious, Starlet Lum and Captain Al "Jet" Johnson (co-founder of Greenpeace) . It was the predecessor for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The Earthforce Environmental Society purchased its first ship in 1978 with the financial help from Cleveland Amory of the Fund for Animals. The ship was named Westella but the society renamed it Sea Shepherd. Since their early beginning, the Sea Shepherds have embarked on more than 200 voyages, defending and saving marine life.

Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans. This will conserve and protect species and our ecosystems. The Sea Shepherd works to ensure the survival of our ocean ecosystems for future generations, or as Captain Paul Watson has said on the TV series Whale Wars, “If our oceans die, we die.”

Here is a video from the Sea Shepherd's official Youtube channel.

An Animal Planet video, showing part of the Whale Wars series:

Thank you for learning more about whales and our oceans.

Gunilla Wachtel
Kanweienea Kreations

--Submitted by Gunilla of Kanweienea Kreations. Gunilla is an artist who sells her original artwork and fine art prints through ArtFire. Artwork includes orcas, horses, dogs and more.


El at Tantalizing Stitches said...

I think it is always useful to know the history behind an organization. It helps you understand more about the group and why and how they do things.

We are glad to have you as our newest columnist!

Debra at Sleepy Cat Designs said...

What a smart and conscientious group who really care. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

Pam said...

Thanks, Gunilla, for sharing information about this important organization and the work it does to protect the ocean environment and save those animals who live there.

Kanweienea Kreations said...

Thank you :)

Expressions by BJ said...

Somehow I missed this article when it was posted, but I still had to comment.
This project and the show on Animal Planet has been a favorite of mine from the beginning. I feel like I know these guys personally and certainly applaud the work they do to try to save the whales from the Japanese killer ships.
The massive killing of these animals breaks your heart, if you haven't seen this TV show "Whale Wars".
Captain Paul Watson and his crew of volunteers (they do NOT get paid for this gig) devote their lives (literally) to this cause and deserve all of the recognition and credit they can get.
Thanks for doing this great article to make more people aware of the efforts of these hero's to the whales.