Sea Shepherd exploits Bethune's poor judgement as a fund raising opportunity
Pete Bethune, skipper of the bottom of the Southern Ocean residing Ady Gil, is facing trial and possible long term imprisonment in Japan. Sea Shepherd has responded by declaring Bethune a political prisoner, exploiting Bethune's poor judgement in boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as a fund raising opportunity. Interestingly, the webpage ostensibly dedicated to helping Bethune but really a plea for donations, features a great big photo of habitual attention seeker Paul Watson – admiral of the Sea Shepherd fleet – at the top left with Bethune's much smaller photo tucked away down the page. And doesn't Watson look a figure of decisive – almost military-like – strength?
So come on you anti-whaling types with money to spare, donate to Sea Shepherd to help ensure that Paul Watson doesn't have to get a boring old real job and can keep living out his super-hero vigilante wrong-righting fantasies. After all, those pretty little, heart-protecting, Captain 007 sheriff badges can't be cheap.