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Sea Shepherd sues for piracy - in Holland

Friday 08 January 2010

The Sea Shepherd anti-whaling organisation is to sue the crew of Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru 2 for piracy in the Dutch courts, lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld said on Friday

The Japanese ship was involved in the sinking of the €950,000 futuristic anti-whaling boat Ady Gil owned by Sea Shepherd on Wednesday. The Ady Gil was trying to stop the Shonan Maru hunting for whales 2,500 km south of Tasmania.

The lawyer says the decision to sue in the Netherlands is justified because one of the six-strong Ady Gil crew is Dutch and the organisation's fleet flag carrier, the ship Steve Irwin, is registered in the Netherlands.

'There is enough evidence,' she said. 'The collision has been recorded on film.'

For the BBC report on the incident, click here

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Readers' comments (3)

I think they shouldn't be shocked their boat got rammed. They were in a dangerous position and interfering with a legal fishing expedition.

By Mark | January 8, 2010 5:14 PM

Whaling should be banned WORLDWIDE! Put a torpedo into those whaling ships! Boycott Japanese products and write to all Japanese embassies and government buildings... NO, just torpedo them and send the proper message!

By Paul Martin | January 8, 2010 9:44 PM

For the sake of discussion, let us put a large question mark besides that phrase: "a legal fishing expedition".

(How many creatures of an endangered species need to be killed for research?)

Besides, there are claims that (a portion of) the whale meat ends up being sold for consumption.

That said, I do favour diplomacy over vigilante-ness (no, not vigilance).

By Martin Paulus | January 11, 2010 10:57 AM

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