Tuesday, January 15, 2008


The Sea Shepherd loonies, who have been boasting about their plans to ram Japanese whaling vessels, are begging for outside intervention:
Sea Shepherd is calling for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to lay kidnapping charges, as crew on a Japanese whaling vessel in Antarctic waters detain two of the marine conservation group's activists.

The whalers say the two activists were being held in an office aboard the ship, and accused them of throwing acid onto the ship's decks.

"It is illegal to board another country's vessels on the high seas," said the director general of the Institute of Cetacean Research, Minoru Morimoto.

"As a result, at this stage, they are being held in custody while decisions are made on their future."
Go take them back, you pussies.

Update: The Age's headline and teaser:
Whale activists 'captured'
Australian and Briton activists taken hostage in the Southern Ocean.
Quotes around captured but not around taken hostage; nah, it's not like they're taking sides. Actually, since The Age reckons it's war down in the souther ocean, these guys are prisoners of war. Uh oh, remember what happened the last time Japan had Australian and British POWs? Fortunately there are no railways under construction.
Update: Related content here and here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see why this sort of incident wouldn't fall under the rules and regs regarding piracy.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous whtabtbill said...

I'm proud of those fishermen. I'm glad they didn't let this group of whale humpers get away with what they were trying to do. Serves them right for interfering with an island's main source of food and income.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bastards are killing wales and profit for it. I don't believe it's for research or any other noble cause they may say it is. It's good there are activists that would step out and even risk their lives for a good cause. The Japanese should go and kill something else on their territory.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what do you call people who board vessels in the highseas without permission?

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me see if I have this correct, 2 men voluntarily board a ship that they were not invited to (trespassing), and work for an environmental organization (have ability to get violent) who have been following the ship (stalking) and when the crew members tie the people up (for safety/common sense) they are called kidnappers. Those 2 men are lucky that they were not shot on site for trespassing.

5:16 PM  

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