Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Adventure on the High Seas

For all supporters of Sea Shepherd, the Centre for Cetacean Research has kindly posted photos of the Steve Irwin ramming Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru No.2 in the Antarctic.

I guess the purpose was to garner sympathy, but I suspect that it will just provide wallpaper for activists laptops. It certainly isn't reasonable to ram other people's boats, but I think that many people now believe that the time for reasonableness is over. Certainly Japans tactics in IWCC meetings has firmed up the resolve of anti-whaling activists.

Given the way some in New Zealand still see trashing the environment as appropriate behaviour, I wonder when we will see a more militant form of direct action returning to these shores.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While I agree whole-heartedly with your post and am an avid supporter of Sea Shepherd, let us not get too santimonous and forget about our own actions regarding the Hector's dolphin, the Maui dolphin and the New Zealand sea lion, all of which are threatened by the NZ fishing industry.