Skip to comments.Activists Attack Japanese Whaling Vessel
Posted on 02/09/2007 9:36:49 PM PST by SmithL
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) --
Two activists attacked a Japanese whaling ship with a bottle of acid and a smoke bomb Friday, slightly injuring two crew members after the vessel helped rescue the protesters from the icy Ross Sea off Antarctica, officials said.
The activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society protest ship Farley Mowat disappeared during a confrontation with the Nisshin Maru but were found after about seven hours, with members of the Japanese whaling expedition assisting.
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Toss 'em back.
I'd have been tempted to leave them adrift.
Were they try help Greenpeace guys sound like it
French Naval Command, please pick up the white courtesy phone. French Naval Command.
Were not a protest organization, were a policing organization, Paul Watson...of his Sea Shepherd...
A pirate organization is more like it. Sporting the skull and crossbones, his black or battleship-gray ships sail menacingly through the waves.
They are painted with the names of the boats Watson has rammed and sunk.
The ships are fitted with...a concrete-filled bow made for ramming, and an attachment dubbed the can opener that can tear open a boats hull.
In his book Earth Warrior, David Morris writes that Watson wears a long bowie knife at his side and carries AK-47s on board.
He blasts Richard Wagners rousing Ride of the Valkyries to herald his arrival and terrify his victims.
SSCSs mission is to stop fishing...
Its preferred methods?
Ramming and sinking fishing ships, throwing butyric acid on their decks, and firing machine guns. Watson argues that United Nations resolutions authorize him to commit violent acts.
Paul Watson and his band are not anything more than TERRORISTS, pirates.
Who the heck finances these freaks? That's what I want to know.
I believe the Japanese would be justified in taking whatever measures necessary to ward off these bastards....
uh...yeah : )
I think whaling should be banned worldwide.
However, I think the Japanese navy would be justified in firing upon these pirate ships.
"Toss 'em back." - harpoon them.
Once a snake, always a snake.
And why haven't armed guards or even military not been aboard any fishing vessels to protect these legal fishermen, and to attack these pirates?
Ungrateful bast**ds. They're nothing more than pirates, and they deserve to be treated as such. That being said, I wish whaling would stop. I think they're magnificent creatures, and hate seeing them hunted.
If you need / want red meat, eat beef but not whales. Let them recover and survive, that's my opinion, FWIW.
Down the road from me are some really fine cows. They have the most expressive brown eyes.
That was so sweet of the AP to provide a helpful link to the Sea Shepherd home page. I love the balanced reporting/activism.
Says the headline of the Tokyo Marine News...
"And why haven't armed guards or even military not been aboard any fishing vessels to protect these legal fishermen, and to attack these pirates?"
Because ship owners are cheap and don't pay for anything they don't have to. Many owners won't pay for mandatory safety equipment unless they have to visit American ports. Others won't even register their GMDSS beacons. Guards cost money.
I'd like to know who is funding this, because keeping a vessel like this operating isn't cheap.
Seems to me the Japanese have all the right in the cosmos to send these fools to the bottom of the seas.
MAN: Keep fighting matey! Get your head above the water! I've got you matey! I've got you! Matey! (he loses the rope) I'll remember her name! Elaine Benes! I'll write to her. I'll tell her all about you and what you did out here! Goodbye, matey! Goddbye!
Loose Fish, Fast Fish.
What is described here is clear-cut piracy. Where's the Japanese Navy when you need them?
Greenpeace has the money
If any of that acid gets in the water, fish will die. Nice going guys.
The fishermen are afraid of the lawyers who might sue.
AP loves the terrorists.
AP does all it can to help raise money for their terrorist activities.
remember Lebanon ?
Where does Watson get the funds for his exploits? In part, from an eclectic cadre of shadowy personalities.
That includes Susan Bloom, a long-time donor to the most extreme factions of the environmental and animal-rights movement. Bloom was the founder and main financier of the British Columbia animal-rights group Bear Watch, which employed David Barbarash, a former spokesman for the terrorist Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Paul Watson has hosted at least one Bear Watch fundraiser.
Ann Johnston gave SSCS almost $2.7 million in stock in 1997. Her husband, Pritam Singh, is a real estate developer and a member of SSCS financial and management advisory board. According to the Key News Journal, hes under investigation by the FBI for his questionable business dealings. One Key West attorney has also filed a civil lawsuit against Singh, alleging almost 20 years of criminal activity -- including racketeering and fraud. Singh was fined $1.2 million by the federal Office of Thrift Supervision in 1995. And he quietly settled a lawsuit filed by members of his sales staff who said he illegally withheld their commissions.
Johnstons 1997 stock donation included shares of a company named Northern Development Associates, a for-profit business which is now 100-percent owned by Sea Shepherd.
Corporate records show that the companys officers include Watsons ex-wife Lisa DiStefano and longtime associate Michael Kundu. Northern Developments mailing address is the same as Pritam Singhs Key West Golf Club. Watson and DiStefano also serve, with Singh, on the board of something called the Sea Trek 2000 Foundation. The mailing address for that group is the same as one of Singhs Miami lawyers.
IIRC, the Japanese are taking Minke whales of which there are over 100,000. Not all whale species are endangered. The best way to speed the recovery of the baleen whales is to kill orcas who prey upon the calves.
You got everybody in there except ONE replace Tom Cruise with Godzilla
Why would we want to disrupt the cycle of life?
The cycle is already disrupted. Too many orcas and not enough baleen whales. The orcas are the primary reason that the baleens, e.g., blue whales, have not rebounded in population now that humans no longer kill them. Orcas are ganging up in great numbers to kill newborn baleen whales. Humans need to manage the population of sea mammals just as we do on land.
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