Their supporters call them heroes. The Japanese government calls them terrorists.
Now the United States’ largest federal court has declared them pirates.
Which they are. You can be against whaling, yet also against Sea Shepherd who a dangerous bunch of liars.
In doing so, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals castigated Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he founded for the tactics used in their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the dangerous waters of Antarctica.
“You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch,” Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.
Kozinski is a brilliant judge.
“When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders; launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a pirate, no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be.”
So very true. They have a long record and history of violence, including ramming ships and mining ships to sink them.