(January 6, 2010) – On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in the Southern Ocean, an ancillary vessel from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Ady Gil, and the Japanese security ship, the Shonan Maru No. 2, physically collided, leaving the much smaller Ady Gil sinking and unsalvageable. According to the Sea Shepherd, the Japanese vessel rammed the Ady Gil while the Ady Gil was motionless. However, Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research reports that the Ady Gil collided with the Shonan Maru No. 2.Collision? Some collision, as video taken from the Shonan Maru clearly shows a wake forming behind the Ady Gil seconds before the whaler hits it.
Sea Shepherd has reported that all on the Ady Gil have been safely transported to their newest ship, the Bob Barker. Of the six crew on the Ady Gil, one cameraman, Simeon Houtman of New Zealand, was part of the production crew hired by Animal Planet to document the activities of the Seas Shepherds in the series WHALE WARS. He sustained minor injuries during the collision. In total, the production crew has 16 members currently embedded on the Bob Barker and the Sea Shepherd’s primary vessel, the Steve Irwin.
Said Animal Planet president and general manager Marjorie Kaplan, of the engagement at sea, “We’re very concerned that all of the players – on both sides of the “war” – should come out of this conflict unharmed. It’s indicative of how critical this conservation story is that these individuals are willing to risk their lives for what they believe.”
And even if it were true that the whaler rammed the Ady Gil, I doubt I can place much blame on them, even if I very much disagree with such an action. Before the collision, the batboat had been criss-crossing in front of the whaler's bow, shining a laser device into the eyes of the crew which causes temporary blindness. Non-lethal perhaps, but certainly dangerous at sea. And, as well publicized, SSCS ships routinely ram the Japanese whaling vessels, so any complaints about being rammed in retaliation, as wrong as it is, are hypocritical.
SSCS is unlikely to ever change its tactics though. Their insane "whales first, humans last" philosophy naturally leads them to take an "anything goes" approach, include antagonistic and frankly terroristic actions.
I'm going to say it right now; Animal Planet must cancel the show "Whale Wars" and sever all ties with this evil group. I ask everyone reading this post to write to and petition the network heads of both Animal Planet and Discovery Networks, which owns it, to cancel the show. Eco-terrorism does not belong on prime-time TV.
In addition, we must pray for these misguided souls. They are in sore need of God's mercy and blessing, that they might find the real truth and see the error of their ways.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
God, our Father in heaven, you are the hope of all the lost. We ask you to pour our your mercy on the misguided souls of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. We ask you to put the grace of repentance in their hearts, that they will abandon their sinful methods of protest and seek to defeat the things they stand against with love and mercy in their hearts. Amen
Mary, Mother of God, pray for them. Amen.