Originally Posted by mister p
"A few" and whilst learning and practicing. Most if not all their mishaps are just plain numptiness, expensive calamities borne out of ignorance and dare I say it, in some cases, foolhardiness. That's the WW crews, not the RNLI!!!!
their mission statement uses words like "direct action" and "confront" - they operate in an extrememly harsh marine environment. They are not a trained navy, just volunteers, activists, who are passionate and willing to do whats necessary to stop the slaughter of whales. Stuff is bound to go wrong, and mistakes be made. In return for the $750,000 paid out by Discovery for "Access" to the Sea Shepherd boats this season, everything they do right and wrong becomes more amplified and public, unlike the RNLI who am sure have made expensive mistakes that never made the public eye. The RNLI are not a good example to hold up here. Better would be the likes of WWF and Greenpeace.....neither of which have any direct action in the southern ocean, preferring in the case of WWF to get into bed with major corporations like Coca Cola and indulge in Greenwashing, or in Greenpeace case to label Sea Shepherd nothing short of pirates (from the safety of their offices) and claim they are putting back the cause of anti whaling by entrenching the undecided on whaling Japanese population against them.
I find it hard to be dispassionate about a few boats and accidents where whaling is concerned. As has been said here - you have to break a few eggs. Until governments decide to police and conserve the oceans that surround them, then Sea Shepherd are all there is. Australia has already said its almost impossible to enforce the sanctions and laws placed on whaling in the Southern ocean whale Sanctuary. Ok ..will get off the soapbox.