The Institute said it strongly condemned the actions of the Sea Shepherd activists, noting that Japan\’s whale research vessels are conducting legal research activities in the Antarctic.
Now, however we might wish that it weren\’t so (yes, even I\’m an enviroweenie when it comes to whales) they are right. What they\’re doing is legal.
The protesters targeted the Japanese ships Shonan Maru No. 2 and Nisshin Maru, dragging wire ropes across their bows in a bid to tangle and disable their rudders and propellers, the Institute of Cetacean Research said in a statement.
The crew of the Shonan Maru No. 2 said they were targeted with a high-powered laser weapon, while smoke bombs and red dye projectiles were launched at the Nisshin Maru. The factory ship also exchanged close-range water cannon fire with the Sea Shepherd vessels.
\”They\’re using pretty high-tech systems to fire these missiles on board our ships,\” Mr Inwood said of the protesters.
But that doesn\’t seem to be legal. It looks to me (who is of course no lawyer at all) akin to piracy on the high seas with violence.
So why aren\’t we hanging them?*
* Yes, yes, I know, we don\’t any more….but why aren\’t we at least prosecuting them?