Monday, April 15, 2013

Hello Sea Shepherd, Japanese Coast Guard calling…….
(click above photograph to see related video)

In February of this year the federal U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals labeled Sea Shepherd as “pirates,” and issued an injunction preventing Sea Shepherd from sailing with five-hundred yards of the Japanese whaling fleet.

Many Sea Shepherd supporters / suckers screamed the court had no jurisdiction in the Southern Ocean nor over the vessels.  Claiming the vessels were registered in Australia and belonged to Sea Shepherd Australia, not Sea Shepherd USA.

Their boasting and bravado was shortsighted and temporary without any thought to the ramifications down the road.  It seems like the “down the road” part is upon us.  The government of Japan has correctly taken seriously the Court’s labeling of Sea Shepherd.  To Japan Sea Shepherd is now officially a pirate group.

With this official labeling the Japanese Diet (Parliament) is considering legislation that would permit the Japanese Coast Guard, armed, to interdict Sea Shepherd’s illegal activities towards the Japanese whaling fleet.  The 2013 / 2014 whaling season will be interesting, if Sea Shepherd shows up.   

Article about Japanese Sea Shepherd pending legislation written in Japanese:

Same article above translated via Google (rather awkwardly):

Below is the link to the U.S. Court decision.  You may want to focus on the following sections of the decision:
Page 6, third paragraph
Page 8, last paragraph
Page 10, first paragraph
Page 11, last paragraph into page 12
Page 13, first paragraph

U.S. court decision:

Seattle Newspaper article summing up the court's decision:

Link to Texas Daddy store:

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