Worldwide thousands of whales are still being slaughtered each year. For decades authorities have shown a lack of willpower to uphold international treaties, regulations and conservation law and seem to be unable or unwilling to protect whales and other marine wildlife. Artists for Sea Shepherd is an initiative from Geert Vons (Whale Weirdo) and Arjen Weijers (CoArt) aimed to raise awareness by inviting artists to use their talents and express their concern.
Sea Shepherds Mission Statement
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Sea Shepherd’s mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of the world’s delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
The art of Saving Whales
by Captain Paul Watson
The whalers, armed with exploding harpoons and razorsharp flensing knives have waged a bloody cruel war on the world’s whales for centuries. Motivated by greed, with hearts hardened by callous infliction of pain and suffering, the merciless remorseless whalekillers of Japan, Norway and the Faroe Islands represent all that is dark within the gritty soul of humanity. To combat this abject cruelty and to fight this despicable crime, we who are warriors for the whales must fight with weapons that both expose the truth and heal the wounds.We do not have the luxury of anger, and the simplicity of violence. Our weapons are of a gentler nature. The most powerful weapon in this compassionate crusade is the passion of the artist. The true artist seeks salvation for that which he holds in rare reverence, and seeks to both honour and to protect, knowing that what is given through his creation is redeemed by the heart.