Sea Shepherds file piracy complaint against Japanese whalers

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  1. slewfoot

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100109/ap_on_re_as/as_antarctica_whaling


    Conservationists file piracy claim against whalers
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    This photo provided by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society shows the Japanese AP –
    By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press Writer Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press Writer – Sat Jan 9, 2:34 am ET

    SYDNEY – A conservationist group that lost one of its ships in a clash with Japanese whalers off Antarctica has filed a piracy complaint in the Netherlands against the captain and crew of the whaling vessel, one of the group's leaders said Saturday.

    The filing comes after the bow of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Ady Gil was sheared off in a collision Wednesday with the far larger Japanese ship — the most serious clash in what has become an annual confrontation off the frozen continent. A Sea Shepherd volunteer suffered cracked ribs.

    The whaler, Shonan Maru No. 2, suffered no apparent damage. Both sides blame the other for the crash, which occurred as the Ady Gil harassed the Japanese fleet.

    On Friday, Sea Shepherd lodged a piracy complaint with the Dutch prosecuting authority, Sea Shepherd Deputy CEO Chuck Swift told The Associated Press by satellite phone from his ship, the Bob Barker. The ship is named for the former TV game show host, who donated $5 million to buy it.

    A copy of the complaint translated from Dutch to English by Sea Shepherd officials was provided to the AP. It argues the whalers are guilty of piracy because they served on a vessel that was used to commit an act of violence. The complaint urges Dutch authorities to take action within two weeks.

    "They have certainly proven that some of them have as much disregard for the law and human life as they do for the law and whale life," Swift said. "We could have had six dead."

    The group chose to file the complaint in the Netherlands because one of the Ady Gil crew members is Dutch and the Sea Shepherd's main ship, the Steve Irwin, is registered there, according to the complaint.

    Sea Shepherd is also considering filing charges of attempted murder in New Zealand, where the Ady Gil was registered, Swift said.

    Glenn Inwood, the New Zealand-based spokesman for Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, which oversees the whaling fleet, dismissed the filing as a publicity stunt.

    "They have no real basis here for filing any claims at all, especially of piracy," Inwood told the AP. "The chances of them winning anything, the odds are well against it — noting that they were in the wrong for the incidents to start with."

    Given the circumstances, a piracy charge would be difficult to prosecute, said Don Rothwell, a professor of international law at the Australian National University who wrote a recent report for the government on Antarctic whaling.

    An act of piracy usually requires that a vessel be boarded or seized, that goods be taken from the vessel or that a person is held on the vessel, he said.

    While Sea Shepherd could claim that an act of violence justifies a charge of piracy, such a charge requires that the act of violence occurred for private means, Rothwell said. The whaling fleet would likely be considered public vessels under government control, he said.

    Japan kills about 1,200 whales a year in Antarctica under what it says is a scientific program allowed by the International Whaling Commission, despite a moratorium on commercial whaling. Critics say the program is a front for illegal whaling, and Sea Shepherd sends ships to Antarctica each season to try to stop the hunt — an effort portrayed on the Animal Planet TV series "Whale Wars."

    After Wednesday's clash, the Bob Barker began towing the Ady Gil toward French research base Dumont d'Urville, 185 miles (300 kilometers) to the south.

    But the tow rope snapped en route, so the Ady Gil was left to sink and the Bob Barker resumed its pursuit of the Japanese whalers, said the Bob Barker's first officer, Peter Hammarsedt.

    Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett on Friday ramped up pressure on Japan to end whaling by threatening legal action if diplomatic efforts do not show results before the next International Whaling Commission summit in June.

    Australia says it could argue that Japan's whaling is illegal before the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

    The whaling is conducted in international waters, but usually within the huge patch of ocean that is designated Australia's maritime rescue zone and that Canberra considers a whale sanctuary.

    The whalers have changed tactics this season, sending boats to tail the Sea Shepherd vessels and reporting their positions so the main fleet can keep its distance.
     
  2. MtBaldy

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    This no doubt was the reason for their stunt. Video makes it clear the Ady Gil caused the collision. No one in their right mind can believe a 45 knot boat can be run down by a 15 knot boat unless those on the 45 knot boat want to be run down.
     

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    Hopefully the Japanese government and whalers will counter. They can't stand by and let these clowns get anything out of it.
     
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    Kinda hypocritical of the Sea Shepherds to claim piracy when they are the ones flying the Jolly Roger.
     
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    Five inch guns and blow the idiots out of the water. Stupid should hurt, and dead ends the problem.
     
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    I thought Piracy was a type of robbery on the seas. Did the Japanese whalers take booty from the Ady Gil?
     
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    The Japanese should arm their whaling ships and after warning to stand off treat approaching sea retards as pirates attempting to board them.
     
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    Hard call on this one. I think the whaling should be stopped, their excuse that it is for "research" purposes is a bad joke. The Japs should man up and tell the world to screw off, they're going fishing, and if the world does not like it, then do something about it. These tards on the Sea Sheppard boat elicit no sympathy from the majority of the people who hear about them, and do more damage to the cause of the whales than good. Pure attention whores.
     
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    Honest question here.

    Why do you think the whaling should be stopped?
     
  12. Chad Landry

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    I agree.
     
  13. kpuscg04

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    Hopefully this will be the beggining of the end for the Sea Shepards. I've mentioned before how illegal their activities are under international law. They've been able to get away with it only because the Japanese know they can not protect their vessels with force without serious international repercussions and the nations with which the Sea Shepards flag their vessels have not actively pursued the documented crimes.

    Now they Sea Shepards have brought it to the authorities and it just goes to show how little they know about how things work on the water. I'm just going to stick the the Navigational Rules of the Road or COLREGS. This is the international law that dictates how ships navigate and interact with eachother while on the high seas. These Rules are purposefully written so that if you got in an accident you broke the rules. Its all but impossible for only one party to be at fault.

    Rule 2
    Responsibility
    (a) Nothing in these Rules shall exonerate any vessel, or the owner, master, or crew thereof, from the consequences of any neglect to comply with these Rules or of the neglect of any precaution which may be required by the ordinary practice of seamen, or by the special circumstances of the case.
    In construing and complying with these Rules due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision and to any special circumstances, including the limitations of the vessels involved, which may make a departure from these Rules necessary to avoid immediate danger.


    Rule 8
    Action to Avoid Collision
    (a)Any action taken to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be positive, made in ample time and with due regard to the observance of good seamanship.
    (b) Any alteration of course and/or speed to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit be large enough to be readily apparent to another vessel observing visually or by radar;
    a succession of small alterations of course and/or speed shall be avoided.
    (c) If there is sufficient sea room, alteration of course alone may be the most effective action to avoid a close-quarters situation provided that it is made in good time, is substantial and does not result in another close-quarters situation.
    (d) Action taken to avoid collision with another vessel shall be such as to result in passing at a safe distance. The effectiveness of the action shall be carefully checked until the other vessel is finally past and clear.
    (e) If necessary to avoid collision or allow more time to asses the situation, a vessel may slacken her speed or take all way off by stopping or reversing her means of propulsion.
    (f)
    (i) A vessel which, by any of these rules, is required not to impede the passage or safe passage of another vessel shall when required by the circumstances of the case, take early action to allow sufficient sea room for the safe passage of the other vessel.
    (ii) A vessel required not to impede the passage or safe passage of another vessel is not relieved of this obligation if approaching the other vessel so as to involve risk of collision and shall, when taking action, have full regard to the action which may be required by the rules of this part.
    A vessel the passage of which is not to be impeded remains fully obliged to comply with the rules of this part when the two vessels are approaching one another so as to involve risk of collision.


    Rule 18
    Responsibilities Between Vessels
    Except where rule 9, 10, and 13 otherwise require:
    (a)A power driven vessel underway shall keep out of the way of:
    (i)a vessel not under command;
    (ii)a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver;
    (iii)a vessel engaged in fishing;
    (iv)a sailing vessel;



    That is just some excerpts from COLREGS, and I highlighted the parts I'd be looking into if I were investigating this casualty. Two big things are 1.) There was no reason to be that close to the Japanese vessel in the first place. Just being there was a violation. Second, the Japanese vessel is a fishing vessel, just because you don't like what its fishing for doesn't mean its not. The Sea Rangers vessel must give way to the fishing vessel.
     
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    What, you've never seen "The Voyage Home"? Good God man, the aliens almost wiped us out because we had killed off all the whales.

    Actually, I do feel that with their social grouping and communication, their intelligence almost approaches that of most democrats (well, may surpass most of the ones in DC). And I rarely espouse the wholesale slaughter of liberals or democrats. That and how we manage the stewardship of this planet reflects upon us as a species. And sadly, we do enjoy crapping up our planet--hell, most dogs won't crap where they sleep.
     
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    Joke or not, this is sadly what most of those "right thinking" people believe.

    I don't care much for whaling, but not on those grounds. I just don't see what a whale can supply that isn't now supplied by artificial products. But I'm certainly not aware of everything a whale is used for, it's byproducts and all.

    But to attempt to stop the practice by using pirate methods? Come on, they're a joke and criminals. Just another example of how people let their "feelings" rule their life. No common sense, no intelligence, no understanding, just that some folks "feel bad" about it.

    That's been the way the left has snookered people for decades, and that it works is the reason they still do it. Pull a gun and shoot another in between the eyes and then charge the guy killed with murder. That's been their tactic in politics and life. That they find so many willing to follow them down that path is the worrisome part.

    And we wonder how the term useful idiots came to be.
     
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    Sea Retards :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    ddbtoth,

    That was a solid answer. Thanks
     
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    IIRC, there were reports in the past of people from the environmental group boarding or trying to board the Japanese whaling vessels. Ironic that the Sea Shepard group is the one filing "Piracy" charges!

    On one hand I don't like the practice of whaling. We nearly drove several spieces to extinction. Let them alone for long enough to fully recover.

    On the other hand, I don't like the way the Sea Shepard group is going about it. They are using very risky tactics, and lying about it when THEY violate the law and every safety rule in the book.

    I hope the maritime court throws this one out!
     
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    :agree:
     
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    Here's hoping the Bob Barker is next. To think of the actual good he could have done with his $5,000,000.00 donation...