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Hunting the Hunters: At war with the whalers [NOOK Book]

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'As the rest of the world stood by and watched, Laurens risked everything to defend these extraordinary mammals from extinction. A truly powerful and inspiring story.' Susan Sarandon

Laurens de Groot was a detective for the Dutch police, specializing in organized crime and environmental pollution. He was rapidly promoted through the ranks, but became increasingly disillusioned with failed prosecutions and minimal prison sentences. But although...
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Overview

'As the rest of the world stood by and watched, Laurens risked everything to defend these extraordinary mammals from extinction. A truly powerful and inspiring story.' Susan Sarandon

Laurens de Groot was a detective for the Dutch police, specializing in organized crime and environmental pollution. He was rapidly promoted through the ranks, but became increasingly disillusioned with failed prosecutions and minimal prison sentences. But although as a detective there was little he could do to stop the truly big criminals, there was a more radical option – direct action, not necessarily within the law.

Laurens leaves his job, sells up, travels to Australia and joins Sea Shepherd, an international organization protecting marine wildlife. He soon finds himself in the middle of the war against the Japanese whaling fleet operating in the Antarctic whale sanctuary. As the Japanese hunt whales, Laurens and the Sea Shepherd crews hunt them. Their boats are tiny for the wild Southern Ocean, and as well as dealing with the extreme weather they are repeatedly attacked by the Japanese crews and nearly shipwrecked by ice. On one mission, their boat is rammed, cut in two and sunk by a whaling ship. This is war, with no quarter given.

Hunting the Hunters is an action-packed and timely account of one man’s extraordinary life, as well as an ongoing battle against a powerful nation determined to get its way no matter the cost. It’s an important subject, one that a lot of people care about, and as Laurens tells the story in his own words this is a compelling and insightful book.
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Publishers Weekly
02/24/2014
Disaffected with his work, Dutch police detective de Groot trades a steady job for a life as a volunteer with Sea Shepherd—the conservation organization made famous by the television program Whale Wars. In this fast-paced tale of high adventure, he recounts his role in the efforts to stop Japanese whale hunting. Despite the international moratorium on commercial whaling and ignoring treaties that make the waters of Antarctica a whale sanctuary under international law, Japanese whalers continue to hunt under the guise of conducting scientific research. The activists of Sea Shepherd view the whalers as poachers and pirates, and confront them on the open ocean to stop the killing. Their risky engagements include lobbing stink bombs of butyric acid onto the decks of the whaling vessels to ruin any catch and using ropes to foul the whaler's propellers. The effort is also a public relations campaign designed to bring attention to the violations of these hunters. Whether you view the mission of the Sea Shepherd as heroic or Quixotic, de Groot's account is a thrilling and engaging tale of a larger than life adventure on some of the world's most dangerous waters. Color photos. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472903655
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 1/2/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Laurens de Groot, now 32, worked for Sea Shepherd for several years, travelling the world raising funds and spreading the word (appearing on Jay Leno and Larry King in the US, and featuring in Animal Planet's Whale Wars series). He is currently fighting rhino poachers in South Africa, using his law enforcement experience to help improve anti-poaching efforts.
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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Excellent Read!

    After watching the show Whale Wars on tv for years it's nice to get a behind the scenes look into a crew members journey. Definitely a must read for any Whale Wars fan or animal rights activist.

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