Sea Shepherd anti-whaling group declared ‘pirates’ by US judge


Japanese whalers sued Sea Shepherd. An appeal judge ruled in the whaler’s favor and ordered Sea Shepherd to immediately stop actions against whalers.

“You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch. When you ram ships; hurl 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.,” said the judge.

While a charge of piracy seems ludicrous since nothing was stolen, ramming ships at sea is a serious matter. It might have helped Sea Shepherd if their logo wasn’t vaguely piratical. Just saying…