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Watson fights Norway whale killers
- Subject: Watson fights Norway whale killers
- From: cd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 04:25:00
> Subject: Our friends in Norway...
> norway's whale killers get sunk, support watson!
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> > NORWEGIAN WHALER SCUTTLED
> > OSLO, Norway, November 14, 1997 (ENS) - On November 11, the Morild, the 35
> > foot whaling vessel owned by Norwegian parlimentarian and whaler Steinar
> > Bastesen was sunk in the harbour of Bronnoysund in Norway.
> > The ship was sunk by Norwegian conservationists in accordance with
> > established non-violent methods to ensure that there would be no injuries,
> > according to Sea Shepherd Society founder Captain Paul Watson, known
> > himself for scuttling pirate whaling ships. Responsibility for this sinking
> > lies not with him this time but belongs to "a cell group called Agenda 21,"
> > Watson said.
> > Watson is a long-time critic of Bastesen's whaling activities. He explained
> > that the ship's sea vale was dismantled and opened the vessel sunk in
> > several meters of water. Mechanical and electrical damage was extensive.
> > Apparently for insurance purposes, Bastesen is now claiming that his boat
> > was sunk accidently as he was not insured for sabotage. But Watson said the
> > ship was sunk by opening the sea valves after the pipes had been
> > disconnected. Bastesen's vessel has always been the primary target for
> > activists, Watson said.
> > The Morild was sunk 12 days after the whaling vessel Elin Toril was
> > scuttled in Mortsund in the Lofoten Islands on October 30.
> > Watson said the sinkings are a retaliation for Norwegian contempt for the
> > International Whaling Commision's continued global moratorium on commercial
> > whaling. Norwegian delegates walked out of an IWC meeting in Monaco in
> > October to avoid discussion of illegal Norwegian whaling activities.
> > "This arrogance in ignoring the moratorium is being rewarded by a campaign
> > of attacks on Norwegian whalers meant to keep insurance premiums high and
> > to increase security costs for the purpose of impacting the outlaw whaling
> > industry economically," Watson said.
> > Earlier this year, the Norwegian government stated that protest against
> > Norwegian whaling is dead and that the international public was accepting
> > the whaling activities. "I think that the conservation answer to this
> > arrogant pronouncement has been delivered," said Watson.
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