Lolita, the last survivor from the largest orca capture operation in U.S. history, is a slave to entertainment. Her prison is the Miami Seaquarium. There, she is forced to spend her days circling the waters of a tank that is just 80 feet across at its widest point. The tank has a maximum depth of only 20 feet, and it is further compromised by a concrete platform that nearly splits the tank in two. For a being that would swim up to 100 miles per day and dive hundreds of feet in an ocean environment, this is hell on earth.
Kudos to the Peruvian Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), through the Directorate General of Supervision, Surveillance and Sanction of the Vice Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture, for seizing 19 tonnes of giant squid that had been illegally caught. The confiscated products were on the Chinese fishing boat Run Da 608.
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On July 4, 2018, the world’s largest factory vessel, the Damanzaihao, left Peru following a month-long detention.In spite of local prosecutors’ valiant efforts to keep the Damanzaihao in port pending a criminal investigation of illegal fishing, a Peruvian court determined that further detention was unwarranted.
On October 17th, at the invitation of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sea Shepherd Legal presented at the FishCRIME 2018 symposium. The purpose of the symposium was to “advance efforts towards high level political commitment to cooperatively addressing transnational organised fisheries crime.”
The Trump administration is trying to strip wildlife of all legal protections. The latest move is an attack on the very cornerstone of U.S. environmental law - the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Sea Shepherd Legal is fighting to keep the ESA intact.
Japan's“scientific” whaling in the North Pacific has been declared illegal by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and could result in trade sanctions unless Japanese whalers cease hunting endangered sei whales. Japan kills whales under the pretext of "scientific research." In reality, however, the majority of the whale meat is eaten by Japanese consumers.
Simply put, Japan is violating the CITES ban on international trade of sei whales by catching the whales beyond its territorial waters and bringing them back to Japan.
Sea Shepherd Legal's esteemed partner, Professor Erica Lyman from theInternational Environmental Law Project at Lewis and Clark Law School, stated: “There was no question about Japan’s non-compliance. With this decision, the CITES Standing Committee put the integrity of the convention above politics,”
On September 20, 2018, Sea Shepherd Legal filed suit against the Trump Administration for failing to adhere to mandated processes under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Earlier this month, Peruvian President Martín Alberto Vizcarra signed a decree to ramp up Peru’s efforts in the fight against illegal fishing. This decree comes on the heels of Sea Shepherd Legal’s second workshop with Peruvian authorities, including representatives from the Coast Guard (DICAPI), the Ministry of Environment (MINAM), the Environmental Prosecutors’ Office (FEMA), and the national judiciary.
This Monday, we filed comments challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest maneuvering in support of the pesticide industry. This maneuvering is yet further evidence of the Trump administration’s ongoing attempt to orchestrate a slow-motion coup within the EPA. While “coup” may be a strong word, it is accurate. There is simply no other way to describe this administration’s brazen attempt to convert the EPA, an agency charged by Congress with protecting the environment, into the handmaiden of polluting industry. Before delving into the substance, we express our thanks to the Center for Biological Diversity for signing on to our comments regarding this important issue.
Icelandic whalers standing around a killed fin whale in late June 2018.