Paul Watson and his high-seas vandal Sea Shepherd Society outfit — on which Lene and I commented prior — are at it again. Two of Watson’s minions were recently captured by one of their target’s crews, and released. The pair accused the Japanese whalers’ crew of abusive treatment, which the Japanese strongly deny. The Australian has more on the incident and on Watson’s history of violence:
WHEN the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by the French in the port of Auckland in 1985 the world was appalled…
But in a bizarre development, a founding member of Greenpeace has embraced the tactics of the French secret service. Canadian Paul Watson is a sinker of ships…
Ship sinking was warranted in the battle to halt whaling, said Sea Shepherd executive director Kim McCoy.Speaking from on board the Steve Irwin, Ms McCoy said the group had never hurt anyone.
“They were all sunk when nobody was on board,” she said via satellite phone.
“All precautions were taken not to take life. No one has ever been injured in our 30-year history. But we have no problem in destroying property, the instruments of death.” [Emphasis added]
Sea Shepherd has scuttled ships in Norway, Iceland, South Africa, Spain and Portugal as part of its unrelenting battle against whaling.
Ms McCoy confirmed that another of the Sea Shepherd ships, the Farley Mowat, had a reinforced hull to give it the capacity to ram whalers…
She refused to comment on Mr Watson’s Sea Shepherd website admission that he “hunted” elephant poachers in East Africa in the 1970s, or on the allegation that he helped invent the practice of tree-spiking, the potentially lethal habit of inserting metal spikes into tree trunks where they might catch on a chainsaw.Why are these people not in prison?
There you have it: “we have no problem in destroying property.” And say what they wil, they are willfully endangering people. As the story rightly notes, some “warn that sinking ships does risk harming people — particularly if a crew member were asleep, or drunk, or unconscious, or hidden away.” This, of course, all begs the question: Why are these people not in prison?