Environmental activists in the rough Antarctic seas have launched a new tool in the fight to stop a Japanese operation to kill hundreds of whales – remote-controlled drones.
Every morning for the past week, a battery-powered drone with a range of 300km (190 miles) has been launched from the MV Steve Irwin, which is attempting to disrupt the annual Japanese whale hunts in the waters off Antarctica.
“We first found the Japanese fleet when they were 28 nautical miles away,” said Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international marine wildlife protection group based in the United States.
Subsequent attempts by Japanese whaling ships to block the anti-whaling flotilla and allow the whale factory ship Nisshin Maru to escape were foiled by the activists, who repeatedly launched the drone, which uses GPS co-ordinates and provides both video and still images to track the whaling ships. [read more]
Sea Shepherd doesn’t deserve drones.
It doesn’t deserve the ships it has.
It is an organization led by a terrorist who has no qualms about endangering lives to further his cause. Over the years Watson has ordered his crew to ram and sank boats, in the middle of the ocean with their crews still on board. (He was kicked out of Greenpeace for attacking hunters during a protest against the Canadian seal hunt.)
His crew has thrown acid, flash grenades, and smoke bombs on ships that are not doing anything illegal.
Yes! Indeed, they is committing attacks on ships of companies and countries (like Japan) that are legally allowed to hunt whales.
He is allowing them to commit illegal acts. This is not a comment on whether whale hunting is morally right or not, it is a comment on a person who uses violence and destruction as a means to spread his message.
Violence does not condone violence. He believes that the Japanese whalers are morally wrong, but instead of protest he uses direct attacks on Japanese ships to try to ‘police’ them in their activities.
He set up his boat to be rammed by a Japanese whaling boat - yes, the Ady Gil, which was allowed to founder in water in front of a much larger boat, attempting to force the Whaling boat to stop. Yes, because on the water, a 700-ton boat can hit the brakes and stop itself from crashing into a much smaller, much more maneuverable ship.
There is so much wrong with Sea Shepherd, but the major thing wrong with the organization is that it believes it has the right to attack and cause damage to ships and property of organizations acting fully within their legal rights.
Whales deserve to be protected. They deserve not to be hunted to extinction - but when hunting is legally condoned and tracked and monitored, it can be controlled. Japanese whale ships have actually had their limits monitored and adjusted according to whale populations, limits that international scientists have studied and approved for. Sea Shepherd doesn’t look at facts. It doesn’t look at animal populations - Sea Shepherd thinks hunting is wrong, period, but takes it into their own hands and endangers the lives of fishing crews and the lives of its own members.
Sea Shepherd is very obviously not an organization I agree with. If their tactics were different, if they were a protest organization that was using drones to track the ships and see whether they were keeping to their quota, I’d be fine. But the thought that a terrorist organization that sees no problem attacking and destroying ships in the middle of the oceans with people on them is tracking and gathering data on these ships, and might be likely to take the “punishment’ in their own hands terrifies me. Maybe that is what they want, but what they want is wrong.
Violence is not the answer - raise your voices, not your weapons.