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Sea Shepherd’s Operation Zero Tolerance was their ninth Antarctic anti-whaling defence campaign and its most successful to date saving 932 whales from slaughter by Japanese whalers.
The four Sea Shepherd ships covered more than 25000km, traversed one third of the Antarctic continent, were rammed and hosed and experienced some of the worst hostilities to date with the six Japanese whaling ships.
Due to the inaction of Governments Sea Shepherd chooses to act. The marine conservation organisation cites the United Nations World Charter for Nature (Sections 21-24) which provides authority to individuals to act on behalf of and enforce international conservation laws.
Antarctica is the last great wildernesses on earth. While there is a lot of good scientific research on climate change being done in Antarctica, there is also a strong suspicion that governments, fishing corporations and research institutions are maintaining links to Antarctica with the intention of staking claims to its resources when the protocol governing its environmental protection, the Madrid Protocol, is reviewed in 2041.