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12 Days of Xmas '09 -Day 8 - With Sea Shepherd

OPERATION: 12 Days of Xmas '09 -Day 8


On December 7, 2009, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society launched their 6th whale defense, Operation Waltzing Matilda. The Sea Shepherd vessels, Steve Irwin and Ady Gil, set sail for the Southern Ocean to once again confront the murderous Japanese whale poachers. This was released today by Sea Shepherd:

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Water Cannon Battle In Frigid Seas
Report from Captain Paul Watson

From the Steve Irwin
1445 Hours
December 22nd, 2009
61 Degrees 59 Minutes South
148 Degrees 47 Minutes East

The Japanese harpoon vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 is engaging in some very bizarre activities.

At 1300 Hours, the Japanese vessel moved in with water cannons blazing. As they came closer, they turned on their LRAD's and surprisingly they began to broadcast the following message over their loudspeaker: "Steve Irwin, cease your aggressive action. Stop your aggressive action. We have the authority to repel you."

This was followed by, "Warning, warning. This is Shonan Maru No. 2's Captain. Stop your destructive actions immediately or we will have to hold you to Federal law."

It is ridiculous to accuse the Steve Irwin of attacking the Shonan Maru No. 2. The Japanese vessel is much faster. The crew of the Steve Irwin has been trying to get the Shonan Maru No. 2 off their trail for eleven days.

The Shonan Maru No. 2 set off the collision alert system fourteen times as it chased and circled the Steve Irwin.

The crew of the Steve Irwin managed to deploy a stern protection line. The Shonan Maru No. 2 ran over the 100-meter long line and snapped it and then backed off. Water cannons from both ships made the crew on both ships very wet but there were no direct hits causing any injuries. (more - see: http://www.seasheph and-media/ news-091222- 1.html)

You can access previous reports of the progress and confrontations with the Japanese at:

http://www.seasheph campaign- updates.html


Action #1

Please support our friends at Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the whales:


You can purchase Sea Shepherd merchandise at their store:

http://shop. seashepherd. org/store/ default.aspx

You can purchase the new Operation Waltzing Matilda t-shirts and other merchandise here:

http://shop. seashepherd. org/store/ category. aspx?c=campaign_ for_whales(base)

Action #2

Visit WAR's newly created "Doodle Wall" where you can draw a holiday message for the crew of the Steve Irwin:

http://doodlewall. com/war-seasheph erd/

Action #3

Help Sea Shepherd defend the whales. Contact the Embassy and the New York City Consulate Office today or later this week, ask them to stop their illegal whale hunting and to stop attacking the Sea Shepherds:

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
Embassy of Japan in the USA
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: or 6900
Fax: 202.328.2187
e-mail: jicc@embjapan. org

Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya
Japanese Consulate General
299 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10171
Phone: 1.212.371.8222
Fax: 1.212. 371.1294
e-mail: inquiry@ny.cgj. org

If you do not live in the United States, go to the following link to find your closest Embassy or Consulate office:

http://www.embassyw embassy/Japan/ Japan.html

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