A GOLD COAST community group will gather tonight to help put an end to whaling off Australian shores.
The first Animal Action Night: Inspriing Action for Whales will be held at Quality Hotel in Mermaid on Saturday night.
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Animal Action Events founder Aldwyn Altuney organised the fundraiser for Sea Shepherd after watching the movie Blackfish and in response to whaling by the Japanese.
It follows seven annual Animal Action Day events, which have raised over $10,000 for different animal charities.
Sea Shepherd Gold Coast co-ordinator Stephanie Ashton-Walters said at least three Japanese whaling ships were heading back out to whale in Australian southern Antarctic waters from November 2014 to February 2015.
“Australia won an International Court of Justice lawsuit against Japan’s whaling program in the southern ocean this year, but Tokyo is still continuing with its hunt,” Ms Ashton-Walters said.
“Despite the ruling in court, the Japanese will continue whaling this season with what they call ‘non-lethal research’ on the basis of supporting an application the following season for a lethal research permit.”
Sea Shepherd Australia will monitor Japan’s operations in Antarctica and ensure that no whales are killed off our shores at the end of this year.
“We are highly suspicious of their intention to uphold the ruling and will be monitoring them closely,” Ms Ashton-Walters said.
“The fuel alone for four of our ships to go out costs about $5 million. We are purely non-profit and non-government funded so we rely entirely on donations to survive.”
She said Sea Shepherd stood strong in its stance that whaling was illegal off Australian shores.
“We have saved about 5000 whales’ lives in the last 10 years off Australian shores which has led to an increase in the number of whale sightings,” she said.
The Animal Action Night will feature entertainment by Rhythm IV Vision band from Byron Bay Junkyard soul blues performer Benny D Williams and soulful melodic singer songwriter Lauren Napier.
Speakers include Stephanie Ashton-Walters, Connect 2 Animals animal communicator Eliza Priddle and Spirit of Gold Coast whale watching cruise director Denise Ryan.
To attend the event head to Eventbrite or contact the Quality Hotel on 5572 2500.