USA: “Sea Shepherd = Pirates”


Eco-terror group Sea Shepherd have been branded “pirates” by a US court, after the annual season of whaler hunting theatrics saw them claiming the whalers they rammed were attacking them.

Judge Kozinski overturned the decision of an earlier court that Sea Shepherd’s activities did not amount to piracy in response to an appeal by Japan:

You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch. When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders; launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a pirate, no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be.

The judge’s decision itself was to reject the earlier ruling on the grounds that the court had incorrectly interpreted the phrase “private ends” as referring only to monetary gain, rather than to anything “non-public” and not engaged in by a government, including personal or political goals.

He also found the earlier court’s decision that their attacks did not constitute “violence” because they only attempted to destroy ships and not people dubious as well, and scrapped that too, concluding that attempting to sink whaling vessels is consistent with the legal definition of piracy:

The activities that Cetacean alleges Sea Shepherd has engaged in are clear instances of violent acts for private ends, the very embodiment of piracy. The district court erred in dismissing Cetacean’s piracy claims.

The ruling is part of an attempt by Japan’s “Institute of Cetacean Research” to sue the US-based group into oblivion in US courts, and the court’s recognition that Sea Shepherd’s antics amount to piracy are thought to be a significant success.

Sea Shepherd for its part still maintains its antics fall outside the jurisdiction of US courts, despite it being an Oregon-based NPO, as it uses non-US flagged ships and international crews.

Japan’s enthusiastic support for “scientific” whaling largely comes down to the political influence of the fishing industry and efforts to posture for the sake of fringe nationalists – both traditional concerns of the LDP, explaining fisheries minister Yoshimasa Hayashi’s unabashedly enthusiastic support for the industry:

“Japan is an island nation surrounded by the sea, so taking some good protein from the ocean is very important. For food security I think it’s very important.

So why don’t we at least agree to disagree? We have this culture and you don’t have that culture… so I just would like to say ‘please understand this is our culture.'”

The latest incident involving Sea Shepherd saw them accusing a Japanese whaling vessel of attacking them in Antarctic waters after they attempted to prevent it refueling from a Korean tanker by ramming both vessels – although it was Sea Shepherd who accused the Japanese of “grand piracy” and demanded Australian military intervention.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:31 28/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Maybe if they are branded pirates, they can actually kill the whalers now since they are outlaws anyway. That would be rather interesting for a change.

    00:38 01/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Then they can also steal their booty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 28/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Can't say I disagree to some degree. Quite frankly in this case bad press is good press too. It's continuing to keep in mind that whaling is in fact happening and is in fact going to cause serious issues in the future if the ecosystem is not kept in balance. ...we'll ignore china, they've fucked enough species, but Japan knows better.

    Hopefully on a long enough timeline, this will have proved effective in showing that whaling was that bad that extreme measures had to be taken, but first they need to unfuck themselves a bit and actually be likeable.

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    Comment by Imyou
    02:12 01/03/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Mankind is destroying a lot of the oceanic ecosystem. Tuna, salmon, coral reefs... not minke whales. At least not at this rate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sea Shepherd has a rather nasty history of ADD. One of their first protests was against logging... they tried to fight for tuna but got sued... they tried to stop seals and got pwned by the canadian government. Now they're here to help the whales... but it appears that they're about to switch to sharks.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    03:09 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would love to see Sea Shepard go after the tuna factory boats.

    We know they never will because the people on those boats might actually fight back.

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    Comment by Imyou
    08:42 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 8:05

    Do the research.

    Southern bluefin tuna are now critically dangered and it's widely accepted that bluefin tuna is overfished. 3 years ago, Greenpeace added albacore, bigeye tuna, blackfin tuna, Pacific bluefin tuna, Atlantic bluefin tuna, southern bluefin tuna and the yellowfin tuna to its seafood red list.

    Minke whales are not even at risk.

    It's unknown where Brydes whales are at. Sei and fin whales are threatened, but not as bad as bluefin tuna yet. Sperm whale are considered vulnerable, and not as badly off as sei whales.

    We are at greater danger of running bluefin tuna species to extinction than the whales hunted by the Japanese. I still think Japan should stop whaling, because it's really not needed, it's not popular in Japan, and it's a great way to up your mercury levels. Also, they would actually be in trouble if everyone did it - but they're not, and they're not about to. AFAIK, it's Norway, then Japan, then Greenland mostly.

    06:40 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What people esp BP have been doing to the ocean makes me want to emulate Sea Shepard.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Oh please!

    Tuna is a fast breeding fish that's doing just fine.

    Whales are intelligent mammals, and most of the 42 species Japan whalers caught are already endangered species.

    Japanese whalers travel half way around the world to poach whales in other people's neighborhood.

    Chinese tuna fishermen stay in South and East China Seas along their own coast.

    And normal fisherman always flee. Japanese whalers are the only exceptions who stand their ground. The only reason Chinese fisherman caught poaching tuna fought back is because they couldn't run fast enough and were boarded by Japanese patrols.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 28/02/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    We'll just have to fly back at warp 7, once around the sun into the 70s, let a giant container of transparent aluminium be build and take an example back home again - quite Noah like.

    06:39 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Need to hit warp 9.9.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 28/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    why do they not just buy a 50 cal anti tank rifle and punch holes in the side of the waler ships? tenicly they wouldnt kill anyone and if the ship sinks it sort of stips them form doing it?

    i dunno tbh what they do at the moment is relly effective it just looks like a wast of time

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    02:12 01/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    > Why do they not just buy a 50 cal anti tank rifle and punch holes in the side of the whaler ships

    Because THAT would actually be an act of overt aggression. These "pirates" operate by throwing themselves between whalers and whales.

    Obnoxious? Sure. Illegal, of course. Piracy? Never.

    This is the US mercenary government selling themselves to the highest bidder as usual. It took the Japanese some time to figure out what pockets they should be stuffing.

    06:44 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Their actions are less aggressive then what environmentalists did to the Norwegian whaling industry during the 1970s.
    At least they're not putting limpet mines on ships like in the old days.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The japanese whalers go after non-endangered whales and the numbers are actually small... The treehuggers/pirates just don't want that because whales have feelings or something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japanese whalers are completely fucking full of shit, this has been proven time and time again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I only squash roaches. If I happen to step on you two retards, I assure you it's purely accidental, and therefore okay.

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    Comment by Conduit

    The Japanese only hunt Minke whales, which are not even remotely close to threatened and independent research has shown that Japan's annual take is in fact sustainable. Which is why reputable conservation groups haven't gone after Japan's whaling industry.

    Sea Shepard are nothing but a bunch of whack jobs using, "save the whales" as an excuse to jerk off to their pirate fantasies.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're completely full of shit.
    Fuck you, that's why.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 28/02/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    ecosistem bla bla bla . . . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 28/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whether you choose to believe it or not @21:42, their is a fine balance to our ecosystem. EVERY AND I MEAN EVERY SINGLE organism whether it be a whale or bacteria serves a fundamental purpose on this planet. You disrupt that balance by bringing enough species to extinction and you can really harm the planet's natural order/balance. Anyone versed in Scientific fields knows that.

    After all species that are near extinct aren't protected just because they are rare. They are protected because they help keep the plant in balance.

    It's what you would call a symbiotic relationship. Whether you can see the connections or not every living thing on this planet is interconnected and demands on one another for survival of not only itself but the planet.

    Take a simple analogy for example, trees. Without trees this planet would be dead.

    But there's one "flaw" in this balance - US. We seem to be the only living thing on this planet that loves to do anything in its power to destroy it. But even though we are extremely flawed in that aspect, we still makeup a fundamental part in the ecosystem. Even though we are also disrupting the ecosystem in a large scale. I guess you could call it a paradox. We are needed, but then again we aren't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 28/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Slice the whalers to sushi! Hoist the Jolly Roger and toss me a bottle of rum!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 28/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Whaling is bad, but Sea Shepherd has done basically everything possible to make the Japanese side of this look sympathetic.

    If they were at all serious they would be trying to get things changed internally in Japan, through legal means. Instead, they went full blown retard mode to try to grab as much attention as possible, except the only attention it brought was "hey look at me, i'm a retard", instead of something productive like spreading information about whaling, etc.

    Would not be surprised if some sea shepherd nutjobs went suicidal on their next attack, and then try to blame the deaths on japanese attacks in order to try to reclaim the moral high ground or something ridiculous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:52 28/02/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    you aware that the current situation in the entire world is due to following the rules and laws, courts, etc right ? you should be smart enough to understand that things wont change that easily, you could probably fight the next 5 years against whaling vessels and you would still lose, specially since you are trying to interfere with japan's internal industry. i dont completely agree with what the pirats did, but your way of thinking wont get you nowhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well +1 for what you just said, just look at the world right now, syria shit, palestine and such, all the same, try to go by the book and follow procedures and you'll be at it for the next 50 years at best and end up with no results, if protesting would make japan stop overfishing red tuna or kill whales and dolphin we'd KNOW it by now

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:19 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You actually think they give a fuck about the whales? They just do it to profit form their reality TV show.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    this retard has never heard of hippies. Sea Shepards investors may care about money but the people on that boat are hippies to the most extreme level and they couldnt give a shit about money, I would bet most of them dont even have bank accounts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is whaling bad? Please explain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan doesn't target endangered species. The worst is some threatened species (different terminology because it's a lower risk) of which it kills like 10 a year.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    japan has driven more fish species to extinction than any other race and they are driving whales to extinction despite there not even being a whale meat market large enough to consume all the whales they kill

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is your source that the Japanese drove species of fish to extinction?
    Or are you just talking out of your ass?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    why is whaling bad: 1 they're endangered specie, 2 they're endangered, 3 fuck you that's 3, it's not just about whales, japan don't give a shit about long term or anything, they think they're too good to care about that, much like chinese they so much hate, thanks god you guys are close to each others, just nuke yourselves to oblivion and get over with it

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because you are an idiot. Go to school.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 28/02/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Liberals are too damn stupid to use the court system. Dumbass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 28/02/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Not only is this an insulting post, it's also not true in any sense.

    However it is true that any foreign body trying to press a suit against a native industry in Japan will be regarded as belligerent gaijin who don't know their place and will likely find themselves waiting in the hallways wondering why their case isn't being heard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    23:43 Japanese are also very well known by everyone for not knowing their proper place amongst people. You should watch your loose mouth before thinking you can mouth off like you know something.

    Worry not, other mainland asians will put them in their place soon enough. They are already doing that in Tokyo!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:30 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    11:40 - Reading out of context. You rule it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then hopefully the whalers can actually kill them in self defense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:14 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they're branded pirates, PMCs will get a nice windfall just like with Somalia. Whaling is profitable enough to hire armed escorts. Killing individuals officially classified as 'pirates' will be less of a stir and thankfully - for whalers and others who hire them - there's less accountability for trigger happy mercs too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure, kill people who get paid minimum wage. That'll teach Japan to fight cultural annexation by the U.S. Being a good person and upholding the ideals of environmentalism are for successful organizations like greenpeace.

    Like paul watson said "Its funny to hurt those whalers". They're not living beings or anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol minimum wage? You are a retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well if you're at see for 1/3 of the year you would almost certainly want to get paid more than teachers and police do. At least at their shift, they get to go home (possibly to a family). Let's not forget limited food and medical supplies.

    I believe the question goes like this
    "Would you like to get paid $10 to do a job that has few risks and you get to go home or do you want to get paid $10 to live at your workplace with none of the luxuries of actually having a home?"

    I really doubt its an injustice that fishermen get paid more than people who work less than 12 hours a day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Deep sea fishermen make 6 figure salaries & depending on which part of the globe can pull in over 200K for risking their life in some of the worst conditions known to man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well the ministers only get $130,000 and that's the highest salary available at Japanese Managment. So yes, Fishermen in the U.S would probably get paid properly, but the Japanese fishermen who were probably forced into the job because they couldn't get a college degree (which you need for even the lightest of jobs) don't get paid properly. Still there isn't any official information and while there isn't a set, researched number, it doesn't change the fact the destroying/harassing the suppler doesn't stop the demand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well then how much do they get paid?

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    10:41 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, you got to admit its fuck up how a fisherman makes more than a teacher or a serviceman in uniform. Not to mention changing your line of work in today's economy is like trying to ask a cop for directions.

    Far too risky.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    give the Japanese defense force a reason to consider SS's little speed boats real pirates, THAT'S a smart idea...

    and you don't really think the US or AU navies will step in for SS at that point do you?
    if it got to that point, they'd join the chorus of calling SS pirates and let them get slaughtered by the Japanese navy.

    and watch all of SS's investors skip town if they pulled that stunt.
    even the most radical celebrity backer won't stick their neck out for SS if they did something like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:13 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan doesn't actually have a navy. The JMSDF is basically a Coast Guard. If they had the ships and manpower, they would probably be more proactive in protecting the whalers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh please japanese navy? they don't have the balls to stop lonesome fisherman to land on their island, let alone grab a weapon to even shoot in the air, the whalers are more of a threat to SS than japanese whatchyamightcallit navy

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think he's talking about that same jap navy that got bitch fucked by US Navy that had less ships and experience, not to mention less efficient planes.

    Or is it the same navy that has export-US weapons and relies on rip-off version of US designs and weaponry they call their own?

    Or is it the same navy that allows china to ram their ships and apologizing for how it defended itself?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe the same navy that fucked Pearl Harbor. And besides, these are Japanese made, I'm sure the risk of self explosion is very low unlike Chinese made junk

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    12:23 So competent attacking a sleeping enemy.

    I know that worked out right with all your women being turned into our cum dumps. I hear they squealed like 12 year olds having their virginities taken the first time!

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    Comment by Pyrolight

    Which I hope causes various nation to blow sea Shepard out of the water.

    Nothing worse then political activists who go after the easy (and zero risk) targets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The worst part is that despite how easy Japan's illegitimate whaling (the U.S forced them to sign the memorandum, unlike the other countries which still kill whales), they haven't succeeded in doing anything. You could argue that they increased financial losses, but that doesn't help environment at all (think about what Japan will do to get that money back). They have the easiest and most respectable job in the world, yet every true environmentalist thinks they're idiots, the only fans are racist and can only justify Sea Shepherd using racism and their moral high ground has just been steamrolled by a judge with dictionary. Environmentalists aren't hippies, yet Sea Shepherd wants to bring back the fashion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I applaud you!

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