The crazed environuts on the Sea Shepherd rammed the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Marym this week.
According to a federal judge, this is an act of piracy.
From the video: Anti-whaling Sea Shepherd vessels collided with the whaling ship Nisshin Marym. The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), which owns the Japanese ship, said in a statement its vessel was rammed at least five times by Sea Shepherd vessels Steve Irwin, Bob Barker and Sam Simon. The incident occurred yesterday as the Nisshin Marym came along its supply tanker for refuelling, ICR said. There were no injuries to the crews of the Nisshin Marym or its supply tanker. ICR claimed video of the incident showed Sea Shepherd deliberately ramming its vessel.
Arr ye matey!
But things may change now that a federal judge ruled against the Sea Shepherd.
The Volokh Conspiracy reported:
Here is the opening of Judge Kozinski’s opinion, reversing a lower court ruling and issuing a preliminary injunction in an Alien Tort Statute suit against the Sea Shepherd’s attempts to interfere with Japanese whaling vessels on the high seas:
You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch. When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders; launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a pirate, no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be.
Hang em! Hang em all!
Hat Tip Ed