Skip to comments.Anti-whaling activist says Sea Shepherd sank its own ship
Posted on 10/07/2010 9:23:46 AM PDT by george76
A former Sea Shepherd activist on Thursday accused the militant conservation group of deliberately sinking one of its own ships as a publicity stunt after a collision with a Japanese whaler.
New Zealander Pete Bethune labelled Sea Shepherd's leadership "morally bankrupt" for allegedly ordering the hi-tech trimaran "Ady Gil" to be scuttled after it collided with a Japanese whaler last January in the Southern Ocean.
Bethune, the Ady Gil's captain, said Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson ordered the ship's sinking to "garner sympathy with the public and to create better TV" in the publicity battle against Japan's Antarctic whaling program.
"It was definitely salvageable, it was still rock solid from the engine room back," he told Radio New Zealand.
Bethune, who spent five months in custody in Japan earlier this year after illegally boarding the same whaler "Shonan Maru II" a month after the high-seas collision, said he had cut all ties with Sea Shepherd.
"I think an organisation that relies on public money and public generosity to survive has an obligation to be honest," he said.
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They are engaging in piracy on the open seas. Eco-terrorism.
Such a stunt would not come as a surprise.
Should be defunded and forced to operate under the law.
I’ve watched a couple of episodes of “Whale Wars” just for the train-wreck entertainment factor. These people are their own worst enemy and when (not if, WHEN) that POS boat sinks because of their own ineptitude and they all either drown or freeze to death, I’ll not shed a single tear. As a sailor I learned very early on that if you don’t give the sea the respect she demands, she’ll take it out on you. Every. Single. Time.
It’s all about public perception and publicity and has nothing to do with enviromentalism or humanitarianism. Like global warming, another phoney front for the left is exposed.
The Japanese should be mounting .50 calibers on their ships. When these morons approach a few rounds across the bow as a warning, then a full belt into the wheelhouse.
I think we already knew this. They rammed the fishing vessel on purpose for crying out loud.
Their “ends justify the means” mentality is getting real old.
I wouldn’t blame any skipper on the open seas to sink every one of this mobs vessels.
I sure won’t feel any sympathy for them either.
Paul Watson is a wanted eco-terrorist already
Sink them and shut up, nobody has to know.
"ELAAAAAINE!!!" < /seinfeld >
Sea Shepherd deliberately sinking its own ships as a publicity stunt .
“...hi-tech trimaran “Ady Gil”...”
That thing should have been sunk just for being FUGLY!
Cable tv has a reality show about ecoterrorists thwarting the whalers, endangering the lives of all involved on both sides.
Has anyone pitched them a program about pro-life activists protesting abortionists?
Paul Watson is an idiot and I'm surprised he hasn't killed one of the moron volunteers he takes aboard.
The damn thing was not salvageable at all.
Pete is pissed because Paul Watson threw him under the bus when he was arrest and did jail time in Japan for boarding one of their Japanese harpoon/security ships.
Bethune has confirmed what any reasonable person already knew.
Of course Watson is as pure as the new fallen snow, he told us so himself. LOL!
That psycho should be put behind bars before he ends up killing a lot of people.
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