Usually, I love reading the Huffington Post. However, in the past week they posted a surprisingly scathing blog entry calling Sea Shepherd a terrorist group.
However, the blog made all its arguments based on many assumptions that many people seem to be making about conservation lately, so it seemed worth it to address the blog.
For the first part of this post, we will first address the main themes of the Huffington blog, for the benefit of most readers. Afterwards, we will have, for anyone who has the time or curiosity, a much longer section analyzing every other argument made in the Huffington blog, as it does address other arguments against conservation law enforcing.
The main themes
The central theme of the Huffington blog is mentioned time and time again, and put succinctly in its eighth paragraph:
“Of course the whalers, whatever you may think of their activities, are operating legally. It is Watson and the Sea Shepherds who are the criminals.”
So, although we’ve addressed this partially in previous posts, let’s cover it comprehensively here.
Here is a list of illegal activities that the whalers are performing on video, much of which was outlined by Paul Watson: