“You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch,” wrote Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. “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.”
The court of appeals ruled that the acts that Sea Shepherd was engaged in were “clear instances of violent acts for private ends, the very embodiment of piracy.”
The 9th circuit had also ruled against Sea Shepherd in December, ordering it to stay at least 457 meters from Japanese whalers.
Nice thing about that ruling is that Naval ships can now sink the assholes.
Watson has used such direct tactics in the past, arguing that “There’s nothing wrong with being a terrorist so long as you win.” He claimed in a 2008 New Yorker interview to have sunk as many as 10 whaling boats.
Bet he’s not on the “do not fly” list.
Brian Eley, Animal Planet’s Senior Director for Communications, told the Business and Media Institute that “Whale Wars” has been contracted for a sixth season, and that “the court calling them whatever doesn’t really affect that.” He also stated that since the ruling was against Sea Shepherd and not against Animal Planet, the channel could not comment much on the ruling.
Like I said, they’ll have a final final show when a Japanese ship blows them out of the water.(I can hope, can’t I?)
Also the possibility that with this ruling the Japanese government can go after Animal Planet for hiring pirates and sponsoring a self-admitted terrorist.