Board of Advisors

Animal Welfare, Humane and Animal Rights Advisory Board

Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni
James Costa
Dr. Alex Hershaft
Alex Pacheco

Sebastiano Cossia CastiglioniSebastiano Cossia Castiglioni

Born in Milan, Italy in 1966, Sebastiano has been a vegetarian and an animal rights activist for nearly thirty years. He is the owner and chairman of one of the most renowned and pioneering wineries in Europe, Querciabella, where organic viticulture implemented in 1988 led to a complete conversion to strict biodynamic practices in 2000. His Tuscan wines have garnered worldwide acclaim, including "Best Italian Wine" in 2004. Sebastiano is an industrial designer and the creator of a multinational business network encompassing fields as varied as agriculture, financial advisory, advanced technology, and real estate. He currently lives with his family in Northern Europe.

 

James CostaJames Costa

James Costa is a philanthropist and humanitarian who primarily resides in Los Angles, CA. He is  executive board member for the Hunt's Point Alliance for Children and the vice chair of The Humane Society of the United States. He is also an advisory member of The Sabre Foundation,
an organization that donates books worldwide.

He produced and directed the documentary Lunch Hour about the National School Lunch Program and childhood obesity. This film raises awareness of the urgency of this insidious disease and inspires Americans to work together to create change for the sake of our children.

He is proud supporter of Sea Shepherd. He has hosted several events that have raised over a million dollars for Sea Shepherd.  He has hosted several fundraisers for Sea Shepherd at his home. He believes that without Sea Shepherd our oceans would face a devastating fate.

 

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Alex Hershaft, PhD

In the summer of 1981, Dr Alex Hershaft organized 'Action For Life,' a national conference that launched the US animal rights movement.

Shortly thereafter, he gave up a successful career in environmental management and an affluent suburban lifestyle to devote his full attention to exposing and ending animal abuse and other destructive impacts of animal agriculture.

Later that year, Dr Hershaft founded FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement) which has become a major force in the struggle for vegetarianism and improved treatment of farm animals.

He launched World Farm Animals Day in 1983 and the Great American Meatout in 1985.

In addition to these annual campaigns, FARM also sponsors National Veal Ban Action, Letters From FARM, CHOICE (of plant-based meals in schools), and several other programs. FARM's nine national conferences turned hundreds of concerned Americans into animal rights activists.

 

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Alex Pacheco

Alex Pacheco, a national leader in the movement for animal rights, is the co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) where he served as Chairman for 20 years before leaving. He has since founded The Cure for Animal Overpopulation and 600 Million Stray Dogs Need You to develop sterilization dog food capable of sterilizing, without surgery, the world's 600 million stray dogs who give birth to over one billion pups each year.

On the SSCS Advisory Board for decades, he crewed on the Sea Shepherds' first whale campaign and describes himself as "a proud and early day disciple of Paul...Paul W."

Alex became an activist during his teens in the 1970’s after a visit to a slaughterhouse, when he was studying for the priesthood. Before that, the FBI had accepted him to work towards becoming an agent. He later worked with the Hunt Saboteurs Association in England, sabotaging animal hunts, and also for the State of Alaska on a research vessel to protect humpback whales.

In 1980, he co-founded PETA and worked undercover in a federally funded animal laboratory leading law enforcement agents on a historic police raid of the Institute for Behavioral Research, known as The Silver Spring Monkeys case, resulting in:

  • the very first criminal conviction of an animal experimenter in the U.S. on cruelty charges
  • the first laboratory closed because of cruelty
  • the first termination of a federal research grant because of cruelty
  • the first confiscation of animals from a laboratory
  • landmark animal protection litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Congressional passage of animal protection amendments to the Federal Animal Welfare Act

His investigative work resulted in U.S. Secretary of Defense Casper Weinbergers' order to permanently close a Pentagon laboratory where animals were shot to test bullets; and Weinbergers' order that no dogs or cats ever be used again in military ballistics training or research. This was the second animal laboratory ever closed in the U.S.

He orchestrated a four-day occupation of 15 federal offices by over 100 activists at the headquarters of the National Institutes of Health, compelling the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to terminate a $14 million brain injury laboratory where the brains of animals were being crushed. This was the third animal laboratory ever closed in the U.S.

On Capitol Hill for 15 years, he directed animal protection lobbyists, testified before congressional hearings and worked on congressional election campaigns. His undercover work resulted in closing down the largest horse slaughter operation in the world, involving over 30,000 horses.

From being voted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame to receiving The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, from his non-materialistic Franciscan philosophy to his creativity, near fearlessness and unending drive, he is described by some as a ‘modern day Spartan.’

 

Clementine Pallanca

Clémentine Pallanca

I have always been convinced that the world can only change in a positive way, with  strong actions, including values as listening, respect, pedagogy, dialogue, complicity, patience, creativity, light: everything that can make changes in the world, the humans one, with less war and violence, the animals one, with sharing our planet fairly with them, the plants one who regulate our eco-system. A vegetal and animal diversified world will make life magnificent in all its form.

We have to be militant when violations against the respect of life is evident. Pain and death intentionally given against human beings or animals, is unacceptable. We can’t let animals being killed in horrible and shameful  conditions without doing anything.

I’m happy to be part of Sea Shepherd, helping great values and working for a better world, where we will share our planet with harmony.

 

Sea Shepherd
Why Just One NYC screening Q&A
Why Just One NYC screening Q&A
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Sea Shepherd vs Poachers in the Gulf of California
Sea Shepherd vs Poachers in the Gulf of California
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Ghost Nets Go; Vaquitas Stay
Ghost Nets Go; Vaquitas Stay
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Sam Simon arrives in Mexico for Operation Milagro III
Sam Simon arrives in Mexico for Operation Milagro III
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Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
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Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
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Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
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Entanglement in the South
Entanglement in the South
Operation Guardian Angel - In and around Bahia de Los Angeles, in the Gulf of California, countless marine species are entrapped in nets with little or no hope of rescue. Rosalia Tellez works for CONANP, a department of the Mexican government that acts as park rangers to enforce laws and assist in ...
Good and Bad Days
Good and Bad Days
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers over the course of two days. The first day Sea Shepherd locates and removes a long line from the sea; fortunately no animals were caught in the net. However, the next day volunteers find a sea lion that has been caught and died in a fisherman's net.
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
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Illegal Totoaba Nets
Illegal Totoaba Nets
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers through the process of locating, retrieving and disposing of illegal nets in the Gulf of California.
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
August 12th 2016: Early Thursday morning the R/V Martin Sheen assisted Melissa Willie, a band councilor of the Musgamagw Dza’wada’enuxw nation, in hand delivering a letter to three farms expressing the nations disapproval of the industry. Sea Shepherd crew alongside independent biologist Alexand...
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
Ross McCall travels to the Faroe Islands to explore the truths behind the centuries old tradition of the brutal Pilot Whale drives.
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
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Why Just One?  Indiegogo Video
Why Just One? Indiegogo Video
Support Sea Shepherd's documentary by sharing and backing our Indiegogo campaign here: http://bit.ly/1OfvER6
Milagro Summary - English
Milagro Summary - English
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Operation Milagro II has come to an end. Milagro is its campaign to fight the looming extinction of the vaquita porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. With an estimate of less than 100 surviving vaquita, Sea Shepherd ships the R/V Martin Sheen...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Watch the crew of the Farley Mowat capture footage of illegal fishing activity with a night vision drone and pull up a totoaba net in the dead of night. This is the final vlog of Operation Milagro II!
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project is dedicated to collect samples from whales in the Gulf of California to measure levels of toxins in whales in order to determine the levels of toxins in the Gulf of California itself. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Never before seen footage. Sea Shepherd catches critically endangered totoaba poacher in the act. The Sea Shepherd crew filmed these totoaba poachers as they were checking one of their illegal nets in the protected vaquita habitat. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the wor...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
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Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
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Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
While patrolling the waters of the upper Gulf of California the Sea Shepherd crew found a dead vaquita porpoise. The vaquita is the most endangered marine mammal in the whole world. The crew also found a Great White Shark caught in an illegal gillnet.
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
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Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
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Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
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