sea shepherd conservation society
maintains animal friendly menu policy
Captained by Paul Watson, the crew of any ship - whether staff, volunteers, media, or interns - must adhere to the vegan policy (instituted in 2002; vegetarian since 1979). Even when at sea for months on end, the crew is happy to keep up the practice, knowing full well the environmental destruction of modern day fishing and farming practices upon the ocean, the land, and all of their inhabitants.
Just a few days ago, Captain Paul Watson wrote an eloquent explanation, an article entitled "V," as to why the organization has an animal friendly menu policy in place. It's worth reading in its entirety, but here are a few of our favorite excerpts:
We are ruthlessly overfishing the seas and much of it is being done illegally. Virtually every commercial fishing operation in the world is in a state of collapse. We are polluting the ocean with plastic, petro-chemicals, agricultural run-off and sewage. We are inflicting acidification, noise pollution and destroying coastal habitats for development.
A third of all the marine life the fishing industry takes is called forage fish and it is extracted from the sea specifically to feed pigs, chickens, mink, foxes, domestic salmon, and house cats. In fact chickens are eating more fish than albatross, pigs are eating more fish than sharks and housecats are eating more fish than all the seals in the sea.
Veganism is real conservation in action. It goes beyond talking about climate change and diminishment of biodiversity and actually does something to address the problems.
What we over-consume and abuse today is simply the theft of resources from the lives of our children and their children who will inherit a plundered Earth because their forebearers had absolutely no concept of just how destructive their lifestyle was.