sean-connery
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes, Environment
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As the captains and crew of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society prepare for another voyage to Antarctica to defend the whales, the organization has also added a few familiar faces to their International Board of Advisors.

Sea Shepherd announced yesterday that Sean Connery, pro-surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore, and The Simpsons writer, producer, director and co-creator Sam Simon are now onboard as advisors. With the addition of another ’007′, Captain Paul Watson said, “We are fortunate to have Pierce Brosnan, Christian Bale, Richard Dean Anderson, Martin Sheen, William Shatner, and Marina Sirtis among Sea Shepherd’s devoted members and supporters. Today we gained a new Advisory Board member-Sean Connery. How can we lose? We have two James Bonds, Batman, MacGyver, a former ‘President of the United States,’ Captain Kirk, and Counselor Troi on our side.”

Gilmore, a four-time Women’s World Surfing Champion, joins fellow surfers Dave “Rasta” Rastovich and Kelly Slater as a Sea Shepherd advisor. Watson regards surfers as an important part of the organization. “Having Stephanie on our team with Kelly and Rasta places Sea Shepherd in very high regard in the surfing world. Surfers are the greatest human ambassadors for the sea and these three world-class athletes are each a very powerful voice for ocean conservation.  Together they represent a huge wave of support in our efforts to defend biodiversity and life in our seas.”

Simon, who has won Emmys and a Peabody award for his work, is also a long-time supporter of Sea Shepherd, and recently hosted a fundraising event for the upcoming Antarctic campaign, Operation Divine Wind. He said, “I’m proud to be a member of Sea Shepherd’s International Board of Advisors and look forward to the day direct action brings an end to whaling and other outdated horrors.”

The Sea Shepherds will be heading out soon. The organization posted a photo to their Facebook and Twitter pages yesterday of the Nisshin Maru, factory ship of the whaling fleet, leaving port and wrote, “The Nisshin Maru heading South in the Inland Sea of Japan. The Cetacean Death Star with a small army of private security storm troopers and Japanese Coast Guard officers begins it’s mission to invade the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to terrorize endangered and protected whales. Sea Shepherd will be waiting for them to arrive.”

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • http://twitter.com/cheshirecatgirl Chris Dazed

    I love Sea Shepard!

    • warpet

      Shutup stupid

      • sidewinder

        Wow – what a constructive useful comment warpet. Very intelligent.

      • Wombat

        Your personal insult to Chris Dazed show both a lack of intelligence and highlights the fact that you have nothing constructive to offer

      • sea star

        if you can't let a person say what the want you “sir” are a dictator and if you din't know this —> THE WHOLE FREAKING WORLD HATES DICTATORS!!!!

      • sea star

        should I star heiling or something????

      • sidewinder

        English please

  • romika3

    Is Sean in the ladder stages of old age, supporting an organization that has a history of terrorizing fishermen that participate in legal and sustainable fisheries

    • Wombat

      Slaughtering whales in not in any way shape or form sustainable fishing. Slaughtering whales in a whale sanctuary in Australian Antarctic waters in not legal. The Australian Government has issued a court injunction to stop the illegal whaling which japan chooses to blatentley ignore. you should do more research on a subject if you are going to offer an open opinion on it

      • romka3

        What about you tuna fishery in Australia.?????

      • sidewinder

        romikae, go find something else moreuseful to do…seriously, are you on the pro-whaling payroll or something?

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        He/she does have a good point though. Australia is overfishing bluefin tuna to extinction. Why aren’t they stopping? Further, why isn’t Sea Shepherd even speaking out, much less trying to stop them?

        I can tell you why: Money and power.

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        if Australia is overfishing TUNA why isnt Japan speaking out against it ??

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        Because they’re major fishers and consumers of BFT themselves.

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        “Slaughtering whales in not in any way shape or form sustainable fishing.”

        As much as anybody hates it, it *is* sustainable when they’re only killing a few hundred whales a year out of a population of more than 400,000.

        “Slaughtering whales in a whale sanctuary in Australian Antarctic waters in not legal. The Australian Government has issued a court injunction to stop the illegal whaling which japan chooses to blatantly ignore.”

        And rightfully so.
        The Australian government and courts base their decision on the fact that the Japanese are hunting within 200 nautical miles of the Australian Antarctic Territory, which would put them in Australia’s “exclusive economic zone”.
        The thing is, the Antarctic Treaty System disallows any country from having territory in the Antarctic – so the Australian Antarctic Territory is not *actual* Australian territory, and thus has no EEZ, putting the whale hunt outside of Australian jurisdiction.

    • sidewinder

      ladder stages? wow someone posts without a grasp on the English language…shows what incompetence we are dealing with here.

  • GaPeach

    How could he have forgetten that in addition to two 007's, Captian Kirk etc. the he also had Batman??

    • sea star

      it's in there………

  • GaPeach

    romika – I watch this show faithfully and the only folks they “terrorize” are people who are killing whales that is against the law. No one is innocent in this situation.

    • romikae

      Perhaps you should dig a litter deeper into the sorted history of Paul Watson and the SSCS….

      • sidewinder

        I thought your spammy banters were banned? Obviously not…what a waste of space you are.

      • Gonzo711

        The word you're looking for is SORDID. What a steaming load! Take off…

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        It isn’t a steaming load. Sea Shepherd has a history of violence, threats, slander and fraud going all the way back to its establishment.

    • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

      Killing whales isn’t against the law. If you insist otherwise, I kindly request that you quote me the law(s).

  • warpet

    Rich actors giving money to a con man in watson when hungry children could be fed. Too many actors place animals in front of people because they're out of touch with reality and are easily manipulated.

    • Wombat

      Your comment is clearly overshadowed by the fact that the Japan Fisheries Agency has used $28 million from the earthquake recovery fund which was donated to help the victims of the earthquake to help fund this years whale slaughter by the Japanese whaling fleet.

      • warpet

        28 million is a drop in the bucket for Japan and is needed to protect Japanese fisherman from extremists. Besides the Tsunami was 6 months ago.

      • sea star

        if you see it that way isn't the Africans a drop in the bucket for the world?

      • sidewinder

        extremists? Where? Oh the Japanese whaling fleet – ok, gotcha. Yeah that is extreme, coast guard / security vessels all in the name of fisheries research. Talk about selfish stubborn pride

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        So let’s get this straight: Sea Shepherd slanders, threatens, rams, illegally boards, and throws acid, flares and smokebombs……… and the whalers are the extremists for wanting to defend themselves against that?

        Come on. You can’t possibly be serious, son.

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        funding the whaling fleet with money designated for the tsunami victims, thats pretty extreme and obscene to me !

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        Never happened.

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        Wombat, that’s false. Just today it was confirmed as such.

        http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/

        Oh, funny thing… Greenpeace Japan’s president also denies that donation money has been funnelled into whaling. Which pretty much leaves Sea Shepherd as the most likely source of that disgusting lie.

    • sidewinder

      Why dont you go have a whinge about what the Wall St investment banks have done to the US… far far worse situation caused by them and the ensuing recession and poverty / hunger.

  • warpet

    The most dispicable thing about watson and his followers is the racist attitude towards the Japanese people and their culture. He refuses to respect other peoples customs when they don't benefit him and his racial slurs are unnacceptable. Celebrities are making a big mistake affiliating themselves with these clowns.

    • Mark Clough

      what an outdated argument to claim that the slaughter of whales is ok because it is culture. Slavery used to be the culture in the U.S.A. that does not make it right or appropriate for the year 2011. The slaughter of whales has nothing to do with culture and is nothing more than a greedy outdated commercial enterprise. killing whales to extinction and claiming it is your culture is despicable. Did you know that sea shepherd has Japanese members and that there are Japanese crew members on the sea Shepard ships? You are clearly a bigot

      • warpet

        You just can't get over your intolerence of other people culture and tradition can you?

      • sea star

        so what you say if a person tries to save a ecosystem the are intolerant? WTF man! don't you hear how stupid that sounds?

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        Yeah, so why did YOU say it? Just because somebody sees things differently from you, does not mean they see things **exactly opposite** to you.

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        you should try to live by your own last comment…

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        You should try making sense. Or not trolling.

      • sidewinder

        warpet, fuckoff, whatever name you use. Seriously, go find something useful to do.

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        @Mark: “The slaughter of whales has nothing to do with culture and is nothing more than a greedy outdated commercial enterprise.”

        Japan’s whaling industry is government funded. It is not a commercial enterprise.

        “killing whales to extinction and claiming it is your culture is despicable.”

        They’re currently killing a few hundred whales per year, from a population group of several hundred **thousand**. That’s not “to extinction” by any stretch of the imagination.

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        hey ho, so you are agreeing that JAPAN has a whaling industry that is funded by the governement ?
        thats great. until now they only where “researching” whales, now we finally agree that its an ordinary whaling industry.
        Keep it up junior.

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        http://dictionary.reference.co

        in·dus·try
        noun
        1. the aggregate of manufacturing or technically productive enterprises in a particular field, often named after its principal product: the automobile industry; the steel industry.”

        This was the meaning I was intending to convey by the word. Not the commercial one you're inferring.

    • smarterthen u

      What racial slurs? Some of his crews japanese and his daughter is half chinese. Jeez, you people and your lame ass race arguments. So pathetic. But hey, when losing an argument call the other guy racist.

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        “Some of his crew's japanese”

        There were blacks in the original incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan, for the same reasons.

        “his daughter is half chinese”

        I’m pretty sure you understood as well as I did – that Warpet is talking about Watson hating the Japanese, not Asians in general, and you’re talking semantics.

        I’ve seen plenty of instances where Paul Watson has insulted the Japanese people as a whole for the actions of their government and whalers (remember when he called the 3/11 tsunami Neptune’s wrath?). Watson is bigoted against the Japanese. That much is undeniable.

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        and you are bigoted against whales…

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        No, I’m just not bigoted in favour of them.

    • Ann Debock1985

      I also hate Japanese people for killing the most intelligent and gentle creatures on earth! Go sea shepherd! Grts from Belgium

  • warpet

    And why are there no black sea shepperds? Because sea shepperds are racists!

    • Mark Clough

      what a lot of rubbish there are and have been colored sea Shepard crew members. please do correct research on the subject before sprouting off utter rubbish

      • fuckoff

        name one

      • sidewinder

        You are just a spamming troll. You trawl sites like this posting nothing but trash and provoking comments. Get a freaking life!

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        a “trawler troll”, i like that.

    • sea star

      F u if black want to join the can!

    • Gonzo711

      Right, and they only protect white whales. What rubbish! Crawl back under your rock please.

    • Smarterthen u

      Lol, you jackass, if you watched last years whale wars there was a black crew member. But to idiots like you you'd just consider him a token black.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001300493039 Matt Phanoulas

    I'm going to try to get Micky Rouk to join SSC'

  • Crwler

    I have to go burn my James Bond film collection now. How sad.

    • sidewinder

      Good for you. You are now officially my new hero. Go back under your rock.

    • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

      why dont you auction iyour James Bond collection on Ebay and donate the proceeds to the whalers ?

  • Crwler

    I am amazed that seemingly reasonable people buy into Watson's line of crap. Watson is a pathological liar and a sociopath. From his self-imposed title of “Captain”, he has never held a Captains license, nor will he, to his false claims of being vegan, he will not tell the truth if a lie will make him look better. He has openly campainged for euthanasia of humans, as well as draconian population control measures including late term abortions. He obviously has little if any regard for human life except his own. A true sociopath if ever ther was won.

    • Mark Clough

      what rubbish you speak. without a captains license he would not be captaining the ship. do real research before you sprout off rubbish and embarrass yourself. I see you make no mention in regards to the whales being slaughtered in the Australian Antarctic whale Sanctuary by the Japanese for commercial gains

      • romika3

        Sorry to bust you bubble by Crwler is correct and there is more about Watson if you do your research…..

      • Rick James …. bitch

        I don't support intolerant racists like Watson and his band of fools. Sean Connerry hasn't been relevent in years.

      • sidewinder

        Good for you dipshit.

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        @Mark: “without a captains license he would not be captaining the ship.”

        He DOESN’T captain any ship. When pressed on the issue, Watson claims that he only calls himself “captain” of Sea Shepherd, not of any of its ships. Whatever ship he’s “captaining” at any particular moment is actually really being captained by the first mate; Watson can only give commands as the director of the organization, not as the captain of any of its ships. Of course, barring any insubordination on the actual captain’s part, they may as well be one and the same. Well, I can think of one exception, and it only works out even better for Mr. Watson: If something seriously bad happens, it’s the responsibility of the ship’s captain, not him.

        “I see you make no mention in regards to the whales being slaughtered in the Australian Antarctic whale Sanctuary by the Japanese”

        There are no whales being killed in the Australian Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. They’re being killed in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, outside of Australian jurisdiction. That’s why the Australian government just abets Sea Shepherd rather than sending the Navy.

        “for commercial gains”

        As it’s currently set up, the Japanese whaling industry is not a profitable venture. It’s funded by the government.

        “do real research before you sprout off rubbish and embarrass yourself.”

        Speak for yourself.

      • Crwler

        Real research is obviously something you are not familiar with. Watson has never held a Captains license. That is a fact. Even he did at one time, it would have been revoked long ago for his total disregard of International Maritime Law. Safety of life at sea is the highest priority of every professional mariner. Watons total disregard for the lives of his crew as well as the crews of the vessels he has attacked is appalling. It is only by dumb luck that he hasn't managed to kill somebody yet. When his luck runs out and someone finally gets seriously injured, or God forbid killed, you can rest assured Watson will not take responsibility for it. He will be blaming someone else as fast as he can get to a microphone. As far as Watons views on human population control, you don't have to dig too far to find some of his most outrageous statements. He believes earthworms are more important than people. That too is a fact. Do a little real research yourself before you start name calling. The only one embarrasing themselves is you.

    • Marine

      He says he'll risk his life for whales, but he never has. The people actually risking their lives are the expendable newomers who usually come to their senses and leave the Sea Sheppards. He considers hime and his close click too important and they never put their asses on the line. Watson would rather hide than take on any threat because he's a coward hiding behind lies.

      • sidewinder

        Why put so much energy into trying to discredit someone? Why not go find something else more useful to do? “coward behind the lies” – listen yourself. You are the coward (bitter at the world?) who writes tough words to sound like some sort of hero. Seriously, go look in the mirror and ask yourself – “What am I doing”

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        You’re attacking the messenger because you have absolutely nothing with which to respond to the message.

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        going every year to the freezing south pole to monitor whalers and try to prevent them harpooning whales, being rammed by the whalers, if anything goes wrong there, you DIE, so yeah, that entitles a person to say that he risks his life saving whales, no doubt.

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        Sea Shepherd can’t exactly “monitor” the whalers – they don’t have the credibility for anything they say to be trusted.
        And they’re usually the ones doing the ramming.

        You know who dies when things go wrong? The peons in the zodiac boats. NOT Watson and his officers.

      • smarterthen u

        He never risks his life? So going up to armed soviet soldiers and defying orders by the Soviet Unions navy isn't risking his life? How about defying the Norwegian navy who fired heavy artillery at him and threw bombs? How about when he chained himself to a vessel? How about when he put himself between the harpoon and the whale? Any of these count?

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        Cool story, bro.

      • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

        yeah, something you only can dream about, read in one of Paul Watsons great books, and hate his guts because you are just living the life of an underpaid spammer. :-P

      • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

        No thanks, I prefer nonfiction.

        And no, I can only dream about being paid to “spam” (i.e., try to reason with anti-hunting ideologues).

    • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ Herwin

      so he aint a licensed captain, is a liar and a sociopath, eh. its best to keep such a madman far from our society, like…..somewhere…..in the arctic sea.

      • Crwler

        or prison

  • sidewinder

    It is too bad Japan is such a disgrace.

  • Gonzo711

    Kick their ASSES all the way back to Japan proud warriors and protectors!

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    Just another name to add to the no-fly list.

  • http://twitter.com/ArrowHead83 The Dave

    “How can we lose? We have two James Bonds, Batman, MacGyver, a former ‘President of the United States,’ Captain Kirk, and Counselor Troi on our side.”

    Proof that Mr. Watson lives in a world of fiction.