Sea Shepherd

January 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

’s launching a massive campaign against Japanese whalers in the waters around Antarctica.

Four vessels with 150 crew members are on their way there for the summer – the biggest team the anti- organisation has ever sent.

Captain of the Steve Irwin, Paul Watson, said their efforts are working.

“Last year they only took 26 per cent, the year before that only 17 per cent. We’ve cost them tens of millions of dollars and we’re right on the threshold of breaking them financially so we have to keep the pressure on.”

Mr Watson said the Japanese have four ships too, so he is confident they can match them.

I don’t like the Japanese whalers. I don’t like what is commercial whaling under the guise of scientific research.

But I don’t like Sea Shepherd even more. They have a long and extensive record of violence, and as Pete Bethune found out they are pathological liars – or at least Watson is.

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48 Responses to “Sea Shepherd”

  1. Dean Papa (787 comments) says:

    “as Pete Bethune found out they are pathological liars”

    heh. Really Farrar? And the Japanese are just so honest about their comm … oops I mean scientific whaling. But you still dislike Sea Shepherd even more? You could have at least said you dislike them equally.

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  2. wreck1080 (3,864 comments) says:

    I have no objection against sustainable whaling.

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  3. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Pete Buffoon is a pathological dickhead.

    No government is ready to stick it to the whalers and greenpeace are a pack of wussies, plus it makes great TV.

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  4. Elaycee (4,351 comments) says:

    But I don’t like Sea Shepherd even more. They have a long and extensive record of violence, and as Pete Bethune found out they are pathological liars – or at least Watson is.

    Agree 100%. But despite this, the MSM continues to fawn over Watson – a marine terrorist who is contacting media and claiming to be jumping from ship to ship in an effort to avoid arrest against warrants issued in both Costa Rica and in Japan.

    Like it or not, the Japanese fleet is going about its lawful business in international waters. Their activities should not be affected by marine terrorists, so this year, I hope the Japanese Navy becomes more involved – indeed, they need to deal to Watson (and his fellow terrorists) once and for all.

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  5. MT_Tinman (3,092 comments) says:

    Save Krill! Ban Whales!

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  6. kowtow (8,147 comments) says:

    “Break the whalers”,yeah right. The Japanese gummint would bail them out so there goes that lie.

    Watson is a pirate. International navies should sink him on sight.

    Sadly though in this human rights,animall rights world no real action will ever be taken.

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  7. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Go to Goat Island and throw a fishing line in the water and see what happens to you, before the court faster than you could haul in a snapper.

    But go to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and hunt at will?

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  8. itstricky (1,766 comments) says:

    As frankdb alludes I imagine the reason that such exterme behaviour originated is that no Government is willing to tackle the Japanese on the issue. The Pacific Governments could also be labelled as being as wussy as Greenpeace in that regard.

    So, DPF, why don’t you petition the Government on this? Then both of your “hates” (Unscientific Whaling & Watson) just go away all at once. Magic!

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  9. Paulus (2,594 comments) says:

    Will Greenpeace New Zealand Branch headed by Wussel swim out to greet them.
    After the next election with Greenpeace in charge irrespective of what Labour will say, New Zealand will become the haven for the Watson fleet. It could help the economy as they are very rich and very well funded.

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  10. OneTrack (2,966 comments) says:

    Dean Papa – “But you still dislike Sea Shepherd even more?”

    Yes I do. They are terrorist nutbars who are going to get someone killed the way they are carrying on.

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  11. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Modern-day pirates that deserve to be sunk.

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  12. Sofia (851 comments) says:

    This morning –
    High-seas protester slips past Kiwi search
    Maverick activist and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Paul Watson narrowly evaded officials by switching ships near or in New Zealand waters at the weekend
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8148499/High-seas-protester-slips-past-Kiwi-search

    I guess Watson isn’t anticipating calling on any assistance from New Zealand officials anytime soon.

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  13. Komata (1,158 comments) says:

    Give watson his due, he uis extremely calculating and knows how to work the (unthinking) media – especially the US. He will provoke and provoke the Japanese whalers (ergo the Japanese Government) to the point where they will be compelled to send a warship to stop him – which they eventually will, although with extreme reluctance. Having done so, his PR machine (which is very effective) will kick in and condemn the J. Government for its ‘assault on a poor innocent protestor’. And in little old NZ, the usual suspects will be out on the streets – along with the sheeples. .Sounds a little like PA/Hamas in the ME really. I wonder. . .

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  14. edhunter (535 comments) says:

    We hunt, kill & harvest everything else on this planet. What makes the whale so bloody special? I agree with wreck what is wrong with sustainable Whaling?

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  15. RRM (9,769 comments) says:

    What makes the whales so special is that the means of killing them is particularly horrible – it is like a team of mice slowly hacking you or I to death with sharp pins.

    Whaling is barbaric, so I just can’t get too upset about Sea Shepherd’s actions, illegal and dangerous though they are. Sorry!

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  16. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Anybody ever seen footage of Orca hunting those same whales that Japanese hunt? (along with larger whales)

    It is not for the faint hearted and Orca can hound and chew their victims for days. They will also play with their victims, just for fun. Sharks are another sea creature that does not share Sea Shepherds views.

    I do not enjoy seeing whales being hunted, but the anti whalers are a bunch of dreamers who are totally out of touch with nature and reality.

    Check it out on youtube…

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  17. RF (1,364 comments) says:

    Watson is nothing but a common pirate and should meet the same fate as Captain Kidd.

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  18. kowtow (8,147 comments) says:

    Watson was swimming with the fricken dolphins.

    Dolphins hunt salmon. Save the salmon!It must be very unpleasant for the poor fish to be rounded up and bitten by higher order mammals.And then dying,and I’ll bet the dolphins leave a lot of the carcass to rot .Salmon have rights too.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/238638/close-encounters-dolphins-spend-day-otago-harbour

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  19. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    As an animal lover I detest Japanese Whaling- But I really want to punch that fat,lying hippy Paul Watson in the face…

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  20. TripeWryter (715 comments) says:

    Once again the New Zealand news media is brushing off its knees for another season of genuflecting to the anti-whaling protesters.

    Watson’s not the only liar. Bethune was, too, in how he tried to portray the collision between his vessel and the Japanese escort as a ramming.

    I like whales. I have been in a ship that shadowed a pod of them (they were going the same direction as us) for nearly a day. But in the end, they are whales. They hold no more significance to me than the meat of the sheep, cattle, pigs and chicken from the farm that I eat.

    Japan is not the only nation that harpoons whales. Where are the protests against Norway, Iceland, Russia?

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  21. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    The Tui and Kiwi have made a remarkable comeback in my neck of the woods, so maybe it’s time they went back on the menu.

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  22. KevinH (1,193 comments) says:

    Expect fireworks. The Japanese fleet is entitled defend itself against high sea’s piracy and will no doubt be taking counter measures.

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  23. kowtow (8,147 comments) says:

    Tui and kiwi?

    The eco warriors would do better getting rid of all those introduced cats here that do so much damage to the birds.But oh the outrage if we were to clean the place up of these pesky cats,that have outlived their usefulness in protcting our storehouses .

    One man’s pet is another man’s pest.

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  24. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    They already use LRADs and their ships are superior to Sea Shepards, that is untill now. sea Shepard has acquired an ex Japanese whaling boat by being somewhat sneaky and the japs aint too happy about that.

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  25. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    I do hope the Japs sink the pirate vessel and send it straight to the bottom of the sea.

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  26. dime (9,795 comments) says:

    Dimes new girlfriend donates to them.. every month! its a slow process but im working on change..

    the monthly donation to greenpeace has stopped…

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  27. edhunter (535 comments) says:

    Dime I’ve been debating the pros & cons of a girlfriend as opposed to the ladies of the night. And I it keeps coming back to the fact I think a girlfriend is the more expensive option. Of course money isn’t everything but then there’s the bitching & nagging.. just wondering what made you go over to the dark side

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  28. Rex Widerstrom (5,343 comments) says:

    1. Wait till the publicity-whoring Sea Shepherd and the lying “scientific” scumbags are close to one another.
    2. Lay a ring of mines round the perimeter.
    3. For additional entertainment, helicopter some decent sized weapons onto the decks of both sides.
    4. Place small boats equipped with TV gear around the outside of the perimeter and fire up the pay-per-view feed.
    5. Profit.

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  29. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Save the cats…fuck the Kiwi……loser anyway.

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  30. GPT1 (2,116 comments) says:

    The Japanese should leave the whales alone and hunt sea shephered. Win win.

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  31. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    What’s so special about wales? They’re big, of course, but so what? And surely there’s enough of them for the Japs to take some without destabilising the environment?.

    Seems to me that some people just like to pick an issue – (any old issue, as long as its contentious) – and run with it is all.

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  32. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    That’s wHales by the way. I’ve got nothing against the Taffys!!

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  33. iMP (2,350 comments) says:

    Watson’s Whale Fiefdom: Sea Shepherd is just an excuse for Watson to run around being Black Beard and not having a proper job. They are a joke, but take lots of silly people’s money to do it. I love the hippy cult-like girls who only ever seem to sit around wearing beanies and cooking beans in the kitchen thinking they’re saving the planet, while the brave Eco-warrior men man radios, throw acid, run about in fast boats fueled by distant celebrities, and fly helicopters.

    When is someone gonna a blow this whole self-righteous eco-warrior croc open; I want an insider Bethune book, please.

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  34. Dexter (285 comments) says:

    What’s so special about wales? They’re big, of course, but so what? And surely there’s enough of them for the Japs to take some without destabilising the environment

    Many are still endangered after being hunted to near extinction, hence why the vast majority of nations set up a Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in our neck of the woods to safeguard the population. Japan then decided to send fleets of whalers across the ocean to hunt for whales specifically within that sanctuary.

    If the population of whales was as fine and dandy as you suggest, why do you think Japan needs to come all the way over here to hunt them within a sanctuary?

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  35. dime (9,795 comments) says:

    ed – they are more expensive! shes young and sweet :) no nagging from a 22 year old.

    first sign of nagging = BYE!

    my good buddy is 50. he refuses to have another gf/wife. his life is just too much fun. then when he feels the need he bangs out a 25 yr old hooker. done.

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  36. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Dexter, how about you grow a pair ? Why are you so worried about what the Japanese eat ?

    Other indigenous people eat Whales, but I don’t hear your sort getting all upset about that. Whales are less evolved than fish as they never learnt to extract oxygen from water. They are an evolutionary failure and are best eaten. Along with those dreadful fish eating Dolphins.

    I am also deeply worried about the amount of greenhouse gas a whale farts out every day !

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  37. Dexter (285 comments) says:

    If you want to get a bite you need to learn how to troll better, or just get a life.

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  38. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Dexter, by trolling you mean anything that does not fit your fantasy about the nature of things ?

    That fact a few self appointed busy bodies declare something a “sanctuary” does not make it such. The Japanese can ( & do) ignore such arrogance, with impunity.

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  39. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    The Japanese can ( & do) ignore such arrogance, with impunity.

    Yeah FUCK yeah lets just fuck the planet, kill it all, burn it to the ash it deserves, we have had our fun so fuck it.

    national party policy

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  40. Mobile Michael (439 comments) says:

    Kea – are you suggesting you’re less evolved than a fish?

    While no fan of Japanese Whaling, Sea Shepherd are reckless, calculating, and violent. Plus the fleet is Australian and Dutch so should not expect protection from New Zealand naval vessels.

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  41. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    frankdb, that sort of “all or nothing” thinking is not a sign of good mental health. Nor does it describe reality.

    For all it is worth, I wish the Japs would leave the whales alone too. I just object to the arrogance and double standards displayed by many who oppose it. The Sea Shepherd crowd are a bunch of extremists and agitators. If it was not whales it would be something else. Total fakes.

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  42. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Kea – are you suggesting you’re less evolved than a fish?

    Possibly. But at least I do not try and live in the sea, scoffing krill all day, while a bunch of Japs and Orca try and kill me.

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  43. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Killer Whales vs. Minke Whale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_n604BHvBQ

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  44. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Kea. Settle petal, i was taking…

    Who really gives an arse that a wanker like Watson is going out and giving shit to illegal whalers in a santuary, as I said before it makes for great tv at 3 in the morning.

    But what gets me is why so many people get their knickers in a twist, (2 to 1 Farrar wears them) when it has absolutely nothing to do with them.

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  45. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,570 comments) says:

    Who said it was illegal? They are allowed to take some whale and that’s that. I for one cannot wait to eat some when I am in Norway again.

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  46. BlairM (2,314 comments) says:

    I care no more for the farming of whales than I do for the farming of cows. I find cows delicious, so I am assuming whales are too. Om nom nom.

    So sick of these fools who get all self-righteous about hunting whales. Of course these people have never gone fishing before or eaten meat of any kind. Get over yourselves. Animals are animals and meat is meat.

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  47. Dean Papa (787 comments) says:

    heh. What a bunch of hard men we are, eh? Sea Shepherd .. oops, I mean those tewwowists better watch out!! tee-hee

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  48. rg (203 comments) says:

    What is wrong with whaling? They are noyt endangered, the Antarctic is not a sanctuary as claimed.
    Sea Shepherd cause all the trouble, I don’t see how anyone can condone throwing projectiles and attempting to foul propellors. NZ Govt should stop supporting Sea Shepherd and refuse them entry into NZ waters.

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