"What part of the word "sanctuary" do the whalers not understand?" said Captain Paul Watson from onboard the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat. "The whalers have assaulted whale defenders with water cannons and wooden poles. The whalers have rammed two Greenpeace ships and attempted to ram the Farley Mowat. With every attack the whalers plead innocence. The whalers are far from innocent. They are criminals involved in a criminal operation and they must be stopped."
"I am tired of politicians being apologists for these criminals," said Captain Watson. "We sideswiped the whaling supply ship Oriental Bluebird yesterday and we intend to disable any pirate whaling vessel we find. We intend to uphold the laws protecting whales. This nonsense must be ended."
Three times the Sea Shepherd crew has caught up with the whalers and each time the whalers have stopped whaling and have fled to avoid a confrontation with the Sea Shepherd crew. They are afraid of us and we want them to be afraid of us. said Farley Mowat 1st Officer Alex Cornelissen. We want them to keep running. Once again we have stopped their whaling activities.
Japan has threatened to send the airborne police to defend its whaling fleet. What do they intend to do? asked Captain Watson. Take pictures or strafe us, parachute onto our decks and arrest us? I hate to quote George W. Bush but hey, bring em on.
New Zealand is threatening to send Orion aircraft to observe the situation. Australia is being asked to intervene militarily. Weve got quite a situation down here said Laura Dakin, 23, chief cook on the Farley Mowat and a resident of Canberra, Australia. Some politicians are expressing concern that things are getting seriously dangerous down here. The fact is that, for the whales, the situation is beyond dangerous its deadly.
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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society