Why is crowd funding eco terrorism organisations OK?

Sea Shepherd ship Sam Simon leaves Wellington for Antarctic waters today with a crew braced for conflict.

The organisation is famous for violent clashes in Antarctic waters as it battled to stop Japanese whaling, but this time the target is the illegal fishing of the Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish.

The Sam Simon, with 30 crew including three New Zealanders, would meet with fellow Sea Shepherd boat Bob Barker, which was coming from Darwin, Australia, before heading south.

Initially they would track Japanese ships to make sure they were only doing “non-lethal” whaling research, he said.

They would then track six ships that had been blacklisted for poaching, believed to be illegally hunting toothfish.

Sam Simon captain Sid Chakravarty said the crew planned to follow Sea Shepherd’s “direct action” motto.

“We will be putting ships in their way and ensuring their ships are shut down,” Chakravarty said.

Crew member Timothy Evetts, of Wellington, now on his fourth Sea Shepherd mission, had no doubt he was risking his life.

On an anti-whaling trip two summers ago, he was on a Sea Shepherd ship that placed itself between a Japanese whaling ship and a refuelling ship.

In that incident the Sea Shepherd ship was rammed by a Japanese ship “eight times its size”, but added: “If there is something worth risking your life for, this is it.”

This is nothing short of eco and business terrorism.   These fishing companies are going about their legal business.  If they do overstep the mark, there are legal ways to solve these problems.  

To hold up these cowboys as some kind of folk heroes is disgusting.  All they do is endanger the lives of their crew and the safety of those on board other vessels.

If you did the very same thing using a truck on land, the police would come sort you out quick smart.

There is little difference between people sending money to fund the Islamic State, and people sending money to eco terrorist to fund their risky interference in going about their legal business.


In case you think I’m drawing a long bow, check this out.




In a civil society, we sit down and discuss the rule of law, implement it, and police it.   What  we don’t do is crowd fund a bunch of privateers to run an eco and economic terrorism company that risks lives and interferes in the legal business of others.




– Tim Hunt, The Dominion Post

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.