bob barker steve irwin sea shepherdThe Sea Shepherd Conservation Society suffered a setback in court this week when the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ordered that the controversial anti-whaling non profit group are prohibited from physically attacking, or approaching within 500 yards of any Institute of Cetacean Research vessels navigating on the open sea.

Although sparse on details, the Society has big plans for their anti-whaling campaign this winter, all of which is planned to be televised in the 9th season of television program, “Whale Wars.”

Considering the head of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul Watson, is already an international fugitive, and their reputation for extremely reckless behavior on the high seas, it seems rather doubtful this ruling will have any noticeable impact on their operations.

“We will defend these whales as we have for the last eight years – non-violently and legally,” said Captain Paul Watson in a reaction to the court order.

In a press release, the Society commented, “Our ships, officers and crew are 100% committed to achieving a zero-kill quota on whales. This is Operation Zero Tolerance and 120 crewmembers from 26 different nations are prepared to risk their lives to defend endangered and protected whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Sea Shepherd is committed to defending the integrity of this internationally established sanctuary.”

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  • The Usual Suspect

    Time for the U.S. Government to seize all of the SSS assets in the U.S. and its possessions. They can start by raiding and seizing the headquarters in Friday Harbor, WA.

    • ddpalmer

      You fogot that the SSCS is headquartered in the US 9th District and their yearly IRS filings list the ships as assets with maintenance and operating costs coming from the US funds. So the Circuit Court does have jurisdiction and if the SSCS violates the injuction their assets can be seized. Then Mr Watson can give any fingers he wants from an empty pier or a jail cell after the his Interpol Red Notices and/or various arrest warrants are enforced.

      • Ron

        It is not the US government that funds the SSCS and it is too bad that instead of supporting the SSCS’s actions against, world wide recognised, illegal whaling they choose to condemn them for their bravery.
        Wake up world – it’s about time we started looking after our resources and nature and not sit back and let others do it for us.

        • ddpalmer

          Really? What law are the Japanese whalers breaking? More to the point, is it OK to break a law in an attempt to prevent a legal activity taht you just don’t like?

    • cd

      Pirate? How so, is he looting a ship? No!
      He’s protecting whales, which is what they need when a bunch of backwards countries whom pilfer the ocean pleading research BS to kill them.

      Your stupid! The ocean is dying and your just part of the problem. Maybe with luck your boat will hit an iceberg!

      • ddpalmer


        You may want to look up the UN definition of a pirate. Hint, the SSCS actions against the whalers meets the definition.

        Nice ad hominem and wishing violence against another for disagreeing with you. Not a good way to gain support for your position.

    • ddpalmer

      Except now that the injunction has been issues moving won’t do them any good.

      It would be like taking all the money out of a bank account right before or even after a divorce, the judge will rule that it is an attempt to circumvent the injunction.

      It could actually make things worse, first because it shows contempt for the court (someting judges tend to dislike), second because it will be seen as an attempt to avoid judgement, and lastly becuase of the two previous reason it could lead to the court freezing all of the SSCS’s assets.

  • Check This Out

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
    The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

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