Why are the media still cuddling up to pirates?


I think I’ll re-write Michael Field’s piece in Stuff today  

Japan’s whaling fleet has turned around and is heading back into the Southern Ocean, according to unlawful pirates Sea Shepherd.

The pirates claimed at the weekend the Japanese fleet was heading north away from the whaling.

But this afternoon Sea Shepherd pirates said it had illegally placed a tracking device on the whaling fleet’s tanker, San Laurel, which showed it had turned back into the Southern Ocean.

Sea Shepherd said the 180-degree turn meant that the whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru was also heading south.

“Although there are very few days left in the whaling season, there is still the possibility that the Nisshin Maru can refuel and return for a few days of whaling.”

The pirates said it was transferring fuel between three boats before heading back to continue their acts of piracy against the legal whalers.

Bob Barker pirate Peter Hammarstedt said they were heading back to perform more illegal acts on the open seas.

“It appears that the Japanese whalers have been ordered south to kill a few token whales so as to not be totally humiliated this season.”

via earthlyissues.com

via earthlyissues.com


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  • tarkwin

    Maybe the Japs should covertly place a bomb on The Bob Barker. Sea Shepherd won’t mind, after all they started it.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Our friends the French are good at that, they just have to learn not to get caught.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    Whether Sea Shepherd are right or wrong, I don’t know. But could you imagine the carnage caused if someone wasn’t keeping tabs on the japs. I would bet it would be full on slaughter of whales and we would never know whats happening down there.

    • TeacherUnionsRscum

      I agree that it’s despicable, but they could just follow the ship with a camera and film it, instead of acting like complete dickheads and attacking ships and acting like pirates

      • Dave

        I am Not a fan if the Jap’s whaling but Sea Shepard is despicable, almost more so than the whaling. Best solution would be for Aust /NZ to take an ex Navy vessel and track and Observe the whaling fleet peacefully, say from 500 m

      • jaundiced

        Like Greenpeace used to do you mean? Wave placards and look for photo opportunities to attract more members. Yeh, that worked. Sea Shepherd is doing what Greenpeace and governments won’t – actually stopping the slaughter. And when the japanese call them ‘pirates’ and ‘terrorists’ (and all you suckers have taken up the mantra) it means they are hurting the Japanese where it counts. Well done Sea Shepherd.

        • TeacherUnionsRscum

          So lets say I get pissed off at Greenpeace for raising the cost of my gas bill. I stand outside and wave placards but that doesn’t work. Would you support me being aggressive? If I crashed my car into headquarters, you’d be ok with that? I’m actually “stopping” the stupidity, and hurting the Green’s were it hurts.

        • Patrick

          Say I live next door to you – you have a party & will not turn the noise down when I ask nicely. I ask the council to do something but they refuse because you are an obnoxious fella & they are scared of you. They would prefer to send a letter asking you nicely to turn the noise down. This is unacceptable to me so I get a molotov cocktail & throw it into your lounge setting the house on fire.The party stops & the noise with it. I am only doing what the council would not.
          Would you find this an acceptable scenario?

    • Mr_Blobby

      Sea Shepherd are a bunch of dangerous wankers. There founder has several international arrest warrants. It is beyond me why Australia and New Zealand give them safe harbor when, in a dotcom style raid, they could arrest them and deport them to wherever, there is no shortage of countries that would like to get there hands on them. Or is that you.

    • Cadwallader

      What would be wrong with a managed whale farm somewhere in a nice deep comfy fiord west of Invercargill?

      • Dave

        Excellent idea, employment for southlanders, new export markets in Japan, but these “Whale” creatures, seem a bit hard to contain, they like their freedom.

        • Cadwallader

          If they can be caught they can be farmed.

  • Love bomb

    How many people has Sea Shepard murdered compared to the USA? UN counts 126 innocents killed by drones in Afganistan alone!

    • Mr_Blobby

      Stupid Muppet.

    • James M

      I see what you’ve done there… Thinking is hard

    • parorchestia

      Sheperd Love, not Shepard. Please don’t Bomb your facts again.

    • Patrick

      Are you suggesting the Japanese should use drones to hunt the whales as they have a far superior kill rate?

  • cows4me

    Pretty dumb pirates if you ask me. Why would you advertise the fact that you had placed a tracking device on a tanker, real bright, like that’s going to work next time.

  • GregM

    I would piss myself laughing if the whalers had discovered the tracker and attached it to a penguin or something…

    • dyannt

      Hope it wasn’t Happy Feet? Nah. He’s inside a killer whale.

  • James M

    Voicing an opinion and organized protest for the cause of protecting a species… yep I can support that.

    Acid chucking, propeller sabotaging and immediate risking human life and boasting about it… you’ve lost credibility and you’ve tarnished your cause.

    Does sea Sheppard have any corporate sponsorship? I wouldn’t expect them to have it long after an official pirate status.

    I wonder how they attached the tracking device? I used to put marmite on double happys and chuck them at fences when i was a young falla. They would stick pretty well

  • parorchestia

    You missed out “the convicted pirates”