Pariah Pete the Pirate

Pete Bethune is fast running out of mates. Now even militant Sea Shepherd, pirates of the Southern Ocean, don’t want his sorry ass. He is now a pariah everywhere.

New Zealander Pete Bethune, on trial in Japan and facing up to 15 years’ jail for boarding a Japanese whaling ship, has been banned from future protests by anti-whaling group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The group alleges that Bethune broke Sea Shepherd policy by bringing a bow and arrows on to the Ady Gil, which later sunk after colliding with a Japanese ship in the Southern Ocean this year.

The decision to bring weapons aboard the ship broke the group’s policy of “aggressive but nonviolent action”, Sea Shepherd chief executive Chuck Swift, said in a media release.

“His decision to bring them on a Sea Shepherd campaign is unacceptable,” he said.

“He will no longer be formally associated with, or be a representative of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.”

What! Why? Was he too successful? Or not successful enough?

Normally these pirates of the Southern ocean like to paint silhouettes of the ships they have sunk on the funnels of their ships, but painting the Ady Gil on must have hurt just a bit too much.

So now they abandon him. Good job.

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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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