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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sea Shepherd Again Calls on Greenpeace to Join Forces

According to the press release:

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was informed today that the Greenpeace ship Esperanza has departed New Zealand without helicopter support.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society would like to once again extend an offer of cooperation with Greenpeace.

We suggest that the Esperanza join forces with the Steve Irwin. Both ships could run on a parallel search pattern along the coast separated by 100 miles with the helicopter flying between both vessels.

"For the sake of the whales, I am requesting that Greenpeace set our political difference aside," said Captain Paul Watson. "Our disagreements are trivial and petty compared to the slaughter we are both trying to stop. Once again I appeal to Greenpeace for cooperation. If Greenpeace cannot make peace with me, one of their original founders, then how can they expect to promote peace between nations?"

Sea Shepherd, as many of you may know, was started by Paul Watson, one of the founders of Greenpeace.

Here is a little bit from Wikipedia on this:

The society was founded by Paul Watson in 1977 after Watson, one of the three founders of Greenpeace, concluded that "bearing witness" to environmental damage was an inadequate response compared to actual enforcement of international laws, regulations, and treaties.[3]

Sea Shepherd is more confrontational than Greenpeace.[4] Watson has since referred to Greenpeace as "The Avon ladies of the environmental movement."

Ouch. Well, as you can probably tell, they don't get along very well. The Greenpeace vessel Esperanza doesn't have a helicopter. The Steve Irwin, has a helicopter with a former US Marine Corp Pilot. That would obviously be a huge increase in search capabilities.

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