Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Farley Mowat is now officially a pirate vessel.Sea Shepherd also had trouble earlier in 2006 when South African officials detained their vessel.
We are at sea without a flag, in search of illegal whaling operations in hostile and remote waters at the bottom of the world. The Farley Mowat cleared Australian Customs in Hobart, Tasmania on December 29, 2006 only hours before the nation of Belize struck our flag.
The Belize registry had only been issued ten days before on December 19, 2006. The registry was sought in Belize after Britain pulled the registry in early December the same day it was issued.
In October, the Farley Mowat registered under the Canadian flag since April 2002, had the registry suspended by Canada.
An email sent by a registry official to Captain Watson said port authorities in Hobart, where Farley Mowat was docked, would be asked to ensure the ship did not leave port with Belizean registration. But Captain Watson said he had left hours earlier. "My instincts told me that we had better 'get out of Dodge'."All of this creates an interesting situation, with the vessel having left port before the authorities could prevent it:
This is all apparently part of a strategy by Japan to use its economic muscle to lean on any nation that allows us to be registered under their flag.Another possibility that Paul should consider is that no sane registry would want to be seen to aid and abet his organizations actions.
"If anyone wishes to stop us from protecting whales they will have to sink us"
and the SMH quoted him as saying:
"I say in absolute seriousness at the risk of sounding dramatic, but my crew and I are prepared to die for these whales if need be."The Farley Mowat isn't capable of keeping up with the research vessels, even if they are able to find them, so I don't think they'll have the opportunity to prove their madness.
Don't get me wrong, I am in no way in favor of needlessly killing whales. Frankly I don't know much about the issue. The WSB people's position is that Japan, the country, with a wink and a nod allows its fisherman to catch whales despite a world wide moratorium on the practice. Therefore any beers brewed in Japan or beer companies that are supported in any way with Japanese money are responsible. What? Could there be a more insane position? Lots of countries allow pretty despicable things to happen but does this mean that all industry from that country should be boycotted? What is Japanese beer supposed to do about the whale killing? I hope beer lovers will see this cheap, baseless sales tactic for what it is and ignore Bluetongue's proposed boycott.
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