Sea Shepherd do not deserve our protection, sympathy, and increasingly arguably, the ability to freely operate in NZ. Their latest blog post makes it clear that they are not playing by the rules:
They will have to kill us to prevent us from intervening once again,” said Captain Watson. “Are the Japanese people ready to take human lives in defense of this horrifically cruel and illegal slaughter of endangered and protected species of whales? Do we have to die to appease Japanese honor? If so, my answer to the Japanese government is “hoka hey” (Lakota for ‘it’s a good day to die’), and we will undertake whatever risks to our lives will be required to stop this invasion of arrogant greed into what is an established sanctuary for the whales.”
Indeed it sounds like a declaration of war. Stuff reports more:
A radical conservation group says it is going to launch “dramatic” attacks on Japanese whalers south of New Zealand later this year.
and goes on to report:
IFAW’s Patrick Ramage said Japan’s whaling industry was out of gas and crashing..
“This move is more about pride than profit, more about politics and prerogatives of the Japanese Fisheries Agency than it is about public support.”
I contend that Sea Shepherd should also look to their motives. It seems to me that their motivations are about shit-stirring in the Southern Ocean and having fun playing mock-war with boats, rather than the cause itself.
These guys are nuts, and we should not let them embroil NZ in a horrible sea rescue operation or degrading diplomatic relations with one of our biggest trading partners.
As for the whales – they don’t need the radical idiots from Sea Shepherd actually turning people against the otherwise overwhelmingly positive anti-whaling campaign.