We've blogged a number of times about our contempt for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. They've reached a new low now in our estimation though.
Not only has Sea Shepherd cut its ties with Pete the Pirate Bethune; the organisation has been totally dishonest as well. Sea Shepherd KNEW that Pete Bethune had a bow and arrow aboard the Ady Gil. Sea Shepherd filmed Bethune and his bow and arrow for its Whale Wars documentary. To now distance itself from Bethune and use that as an excuse is complete and utter bullshit.
Sea Shepherd has used Pete Bethune, and now that his boat has been sunk, with the attendant glare of publicity, Sea Shepherd is discarding Bethune like a dirty dishrag. We heard his estranged wife interviewed by Mike Hosking as we were driving to work, and she has indicated that Sea Shepherd is running Bethune's defence in the Japanese court; that Bethune's interests are not being best represented. That does not surprise us in the slightest.
Sea Shepherd is an organisation of zealots; eco-terrorist zealots. To Sea Shepherd, the end clearly justifies the means. The Pete Bethunes of this world are a commodity to Sea Shepherd; an expendable commodity. Whilst Bethune is still responsible for his actions, we DO feel a shred of sympathy for him in the way that he has been duped and used by Sea Shepherd.
Sea Shepherd relies on publicity to generate funds for its activities. So we're going to do our best to make sure that Sea Shepherd gets lots of publicity, but not the kind of publicity it can itlself control. We'd welcome support from like-minded bloggers, Facebook users and anyone else who believes that Sea Shepherd's behaviour towards Pete Bethune has been reprehensible.
Are you with us?