Judges Call Eco Activists ‘Pirates’


Finally some common sense judgment. Guess the chances making that to the agitprop series Whale Wars are pretty slim however.

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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society represents a return to humanity’s violent past.

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.

So begins an 18-page court judgment released six weeks ago in Seattle by a panel of three judges. The individuals engaging in the above behaviour belong to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an Oregon-based non-profit that provides a good demonstration of where extremist environmental thinking can lead.

Describing itself as “a marine wildlife conservation organization,” the Society says its mission is to:

end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order…

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