You’d have to be mentally deficient to believe Japan’s claims that their hunting of 900 whales is being done for “research” purposes. But how far should people go to stop the slaughter? The Australian government has condemned the killing. People have waged protests. But it seems nothing can stop those wacky Japanese from persisting with the hunt.
Enter Sea Shepherd, an organization dedicated to protecting our large baleened friends from commercial and “scientific” whaling at all costs. Run by the infamous Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd has resorted to some hard line tactics such as blockading ports, encircling and even ramming whaling vessels, and launching all out PR wars against all who threaten marine life.
Watson might want to lay off the krill himself….
Of course, Sea Shepherd is embraced by celebrities and many environmental groups, but it does have its critics. Some think that the hard-handed measures of Watson and his crew aboard the Steve Irwin, his newly named ship, do more harm than good for the whales’ cause. Watson often has conducted his operations with blind abandon to the lives of his crew or the crews of the whaling vessels, and has allegedly violated a host of international laws in the process.
Still, Sea Shepherd continues its mission. In fact, two of its activists are being held hostage on a Japanese whaling ship as we speak after boarding the ship to deliver a “plea” to the captain to call off the hunt.
What do you think about Sea Shepherd? How about the hostage situation?