Sea Shepherd Launches Legal Division to Protect Sea Life
Sea Shepherd is taking the matter of sea life protection laws in their own hands by starting a legal division that will enforce, strengthen and create protective laws for marine environments.
Sea Shepherd has been helping protect marine life for years with boats full of activists around the world and now Sea Shepherd Legal will do the same on land.
“With a strong team of attorneys, scientific advisors and partners, Sea Shepherd Legal plans to employ tactics ranging from litigating to ensure proper governmental agency action, and petitioning for the listing of marine species, to developing innovative legal policy and diplomatic approaches to encourage better enforcement against poaching and the senseless slaughter of marine wildlife,” stated the organization.
The division will also work with government officials, the general public and non-profit organization on outreach activities to educate people on the biggest threats to marine life today.
“In general, people are either wholly unaware of the crisis facing our oceans, or do not realize the magnitude of the problem,” said the organization. “Without outreach exposure to the beauty of marine environments or the impacts upon biodiversity of shark finning and overfishing, this lack of awareness will not change.”
Sea Shepherd chose March 3, World Wildlife Day to launch Sea Shepherd Legal and show their commitment to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message that “It is time to get serious about wildlife crime.”
Ki-moon stated that “getting serious about wildlife crime means enrolling the support of all sections of society involved in the production and consumption of wildlife products, which are widely used as medicines, food, building materials, furniture, cosmetics, clothing and accessories. Law enforcement efforts must be supported by the wider community.” With Sea Shepherd Legal, the organization is hoping to achieve just that.
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