Peter Bethune is now accusing his fellow Sea Shepherds of scuttling his lovely craft the “Ady Gil” for theatrical effect. This, if true, is sad. What is worse is that the activists’ infighting is distracting to the main cause: the whales. The whalers are still eliminating whales. I still like the Sea Shepherds, and no, they don’t have to be perfect. Obviously the whalers have an easier time presenting a single front – they are paid to be there and under direct command of a subsidized government-run industry. The Sea Shepherds are volunteers and have strong egos and a variety of private ideas. This sort of dissension is to be expected, I think.
In fact, it might even make for a more exciting next season.