On 15 September 2011 Amanprana visited the ‘Brigitte Bardot’ at the Willem Dock in Antwerp. The ‘Brigitte Bardot’ was beautifully moored beside the magnificent MAS museum. A 35-metre long, super fast ship which will be used by Sea Shepherd to protect the oceans and their sea life. The costs necessary to transform the ‘Brigitte Bardot’ were met in part by a donation from the Brigitte Bardot foundation (www.fondationbrigittebardot.fr).
The crew of the ‘Brigitte Bardot’ consists of an average of 10 volunteers. On board only vegan food is consumed. No meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy, no honey. Out of respect for animals and the eco-system. To give these volunteers on board the ‘Brigitte Bardot’ a treat, Amanprana donated healthy organic food. Under the motto: let food be your medicine. From now on, the chef of the ‘Brigitte Bardot’ will cook with extra virgin coconut oil and Amanprana olive oil, use Gula Java (healthy palm sugar from Java) as a sweetener and the crew will get their omega-3 via Amanprana hemp oil (cannabis sativa) and drink lovely organic wine and Gula Java Cocoa (a healthy and tasty sports (energy) drink)… Super food from Amanprana for a super performance!
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a worldwide independent organisation for the protection of the oceans and sea life for future generations, founded in 1977. To help enforce regulations and protect the oceans and sea life, Sea Shepherd takes direct action in the field. Its current fleet comprises five ships, including the super fast ‘Brigitte Bardot’.
Since 1 January 2011 Amanprana has spent 10% of its profits on actions in the framework of ‘Save the Sea’. Before that date, Amanprana was already actively involved in ‘save the sea’ actions, but without a clear financial plan. Corals disappear, sea species become extinct, oceans are polluted, mangrove forests become rare, sea farms are not a solution… Tuna are highly contaminated and critically endangered. Stop consuming tuna; this is better for your health and for tuna stocks. With its first ‘tuna-free restaurants’ action, Amanprana wants to make people aware of the extinction of this beautiful fish, but also of the fact that the tuna is a predator and, as a result, is more contaminated than non-predators. For this action Amanprana is collaborating with ‘Sea First’, an organisation that puts the sea first, and was co-founded by Dos Winkel, activist and underwater photographer.