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by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Photo: Sea Shepherd

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has finally settled on a new name for their high-tech interceptor vessel – using the opportunity to honor legendary model, actress, and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot.

Formerly called “Gojira” (Godzilla in Japanese), the organization was forced to remove the designation after lawyers representing the trademark issues a cease and desist. In a release, Sea Shepherd said they were more than happy to comply with the change, noting that the “Gojira” name had served its purpose in “routing the Japanese fleet” earlier this year.

From the release:

The relationship between Brigitte and Paul goes way back to 1977 when Captain Watson took Bardot to the ice off the coast of Labrador to pose cheek to cheek with a baby seal. With that one iconic photo alone, Bardot brought the cause and need to protect harp seals to the world’s attention, a pivotal point in the fight to stop this annual Canadian obscenity of cruelty and mass slaughter.

“It’s a beautiful ship with a beautiful name and it is a vessel that will reflect the compassion of Brigitte Bardot in partnership with the passionate interventionist direct action tactics of Sea Shepherd,” said Captain Paul Watson.

With its sleek new silver metallic makeover, the Brigitte Bardot will join the Steve Irwin in heading to Libyan waters to engage with poachers illegally harvesting endangered bluefin tuna.

“I’m moved, overwhelmed and infinitely grateful that this wonderful “ savior of the seas” will wear my name to fight against those who allow themselves to butcher what is most precious in the oceans.,” said Bardot in a letter to Watson.

Check out additional pics of Bardot’s new vessel below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Devon McDonald

    I wonder how much money this cost Brigitte Bardot do get her name on the ship?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lena-Mari-Ynda-Ayala/100000783456094 Lena Mari Ynda Ayala

      Maybe it didn’t cost her ANY money, Devon McDonald, because it would usually be the other way around. But I doubt that Paul would pay her to have his vessel named after her. It sounds a little silly. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to watching/hearing how the added nuts, bolts, and steel respond to the Japanese whalers. For Paul and his crew, I am praying for a successful campaign, without any injuries!

    • crumpets are yummy

      Will probably cost a fair but BB has been rather successful in her career and has some money.

  • mister jingles

    This is a wonderful idea! So two of the world’s greatest animal advocates are united! Brigitte Bardot – Captain Paul Watson, and two of my favorite beloved and hearted animal protecting heroes! This great news made my day and I drink a toast to them!

  • Jimbo Riots

    It’s a shame that Brigitte Bardot is such a racist. Still, up with SSCS!

    • Michael Raymer

      What on earth are you talking about?

      • imforthewhales

        Its a shame you are such a d*&chbag jimbo…I guess your parents never heard of birth control? Hopefully you have though.

  • Oudemia

    She’s been convicted of inciting racial hatred something like 5 times. Not to mention her charming opinions on gays and lesbians. Leave her to LePen, thanks.

    • Michael Raymer

      Yup, that’s what I get for responding before researching. I wiki’d her and she is a bit out there on some things. For the record, I don’t think she would be charged for expressing her opinion in America. Ah well, I’m still pissed that they didn’t name the boat after me. If you’ll excuse, I need to go hug my pillow now.

      • romika3

        Both her and Watson are similar as Watson is noted for promoting racial hate toward culture. As good example of this the Japanese whaling issue. Last year we did a survey of posts on Youtube videos that showed segments of Whale Wars. We were surprised at the frequency of posts that directed hate towards the Japanese people. The good thing is that since Youtube’s new policy of hosting videos that support or show terrorism the number of SSCS videos have decreased substantially. Closer to home Watson and other organizations that he is linked to directly or indirectly including sealshepherd have carried out terrible and disgusting hate campaigns against the fishermen of eastern Canada. In the final analysis this is the level at which the SSCS works at and they are, including their leader, incapable of doing anything more than that.

      • Michael Raymer

        Dude, have you ever gotten the impression that no one is listening? In this case, it’s only because….THEY’RE REALLY NOT. And that’s because…(whispering) you have no credibility. None whatsoever. First of all, citing Youtube as a news source is probably making everyone do the romika-eyeroll to begin with. Secondly, I have watched every episode of Whale Wars a couple times and been to the SSCS site several times a week (and we all know you have too). Where’s the “racial hate”? They direct their hatred to those who kill whales and consume whale meat. And they have every right to do so.

        Every time you accuse a link between SSCS and sealshepherd, I am going to automatically demand proof. This is 2011, if the proof exits, you should be able to provide it. If you can’t, shut up about it. Your entire posting history (here and elsewhere) is nothing but slander and BS storytelling.

        “In the final analysis this is the level at which the SSCS works at and they are, including their leader, incapable of doing anything more than that.”

        In the final analysis, the level at which SSCS works is apparent and clearly visible to all. They just got finished delivering the Antarctic whalers an ass-kicking of biblical proportions and, instead of resting on their laurels, the work continues. But then again, so does yours.

      • romika3

        Perhaps if you reread my post you will see that the reference to YouTube refered to the comments posted in reference to the “Whale Wars” videos. A high frequency of these commnets are “racist” in terms of their referecne to the people of Japan rather than the issue. The viewers and posters are a good sample of a sector of SSCS supporters. Regarding links to other other organizations begin by looking at the boards that Watson sits on. Regarding Sealshepherd he is mentioned as a member and therefore the connection. Sealshepherd is slowly being shutdown on the web as it SSCS videos on Youtube. Regarding who is listening, your listing looking at the counter 144 today and over 1800 since this was posted. Perhaps it’s time you sat down and begin to figure out why some many have issues with SSCS. The first being their methods, terrorist methods, the second being their lies and distortion of data, the third be the selection of issues based on media and money making potential (this includes the attaching of leag fishermen), the third being that SSCS is not a conservation organization, Waston couldn’t even answer simple question regarding the ESTIMATED POPULAITON of whales he was protecting. (see Larry King). The list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.

      • romika3

        “They just got finished delivering the Antarctic whalers an ass-kicking of biblical proportions” Sorry to burst your bubble but according to the Japanese the fleet went home early due to “health and safety issues”. Crews were being harrassed with flares, flash gernades, acid etc.. It should also be pointed out (this will be verified on Whale Wars) that SSCS spent most of their time attacting a boat that wasn’t actively whaling (no harpoon on their bow). There is not mention in the media that Watson brought about any long term change. There is no change in policy, leglisition etc. We here all this garble from Watson’s side but at the same time he states in his book “Earthforcee” that the truth is not important and that is is acceptable to lie and distort the data. So who do you beleive. Members of the SSCS who are told to lie and distort data or what little their is out in the realy media. Watson and SSCS are interested in only one thing, (he admitted this also in the CBC interview) to bring in money. The violence in Whale Wars attracts a group of youth, and they empty thier pockets, for a while at least until they learn better.

      • Michael Raymer

        “A high frequency of these commnets are “racist” in terms of their referecne to the people of Japan rather than the issue. The viewers and posters are a good sample of a sector of SSCS supporters.”

        No it is not. I am all over Youtube, for all manner of subjects. You can’t tell me that the (largely) unregulated, public comments left on any subject can be pinned on the host subject. They can’t. Any public forum, that doesn’t have some pretty stout filtering software, has all manner of ridiculous, alarmist, racist, cowardly and stupid comments on any subject. My point, which I could have made better, is that Youtube hits are a piss poor method to gauge how people feel.

        “Regarding links to other other organizations begin by looking at the boards that Watson sits on. Regarding Sealshepherd he is mentioned as a member and therefore the connection.”

        Nonsense. I have done my own serious research into this. The are no connections, there are no links. You are trying to provide your accusations as proof. They are not. If you have seen these links, you have the capability to provide them as proof. ‘Nuff said.

        “Perhaps it’s time you sat down and begin to figure out why some many have issues with SSCS.”

        I have. Perhaps it’s time you sat down to figure out why so many don’t. You’ve been to the SSCS site. Go back three years and read the bulletins. Then read the last 6 months. SSCS has grown by orders of magnitude. Their fleet has grown and so have the scope of their operations. And dispite your constant accusations, they are tackling very relevant conservation issues.

        “Sorry to burst your bubble but according to the Japanese the fleet went home early due to “health and safety issues”.

        Sorry to burst yours but they clearly stated that those “health and safety issues” were all related to SSCS activities against them.

        “Crews were being harrassed with flares, flash gernades, acid etc.. It should also be pointed out (this will be verified on Whale Wars) that SSCS spent most of their time attacting a boat that wasn’t actively whaling (no harpoon on their bow).”

        Yes they were, and yes they did. And there is more waiting for them if they try to come back. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t call SSCS “eco-terrorists” and then claim that no “eco-terrorism” occurred. And yes, now you’re jumping up and down in your chair because I’ve used the “E” word. You just can’t wait to point out that I’ve, “shown my true colors”. I honestly don’t care what names you want to call them, they won. That’s why you call them winners.

        “There is not mention in the media that Watson brought about any long term change. There is no change in policy, leglisition etc.”

        You’re right. We’ll be staying tuned. And so will Sea Shepherd.

      • romika3

        “is that Youtube hits are a piss poor method to gauge how people feel.”For a statistics perspective YouTube hits would be a sample. An therefore any conclusions might be a measure to the “mind set” of the followers. If YouTube is useless as you say they why does SSCS, PETA, HSUS etc use it to post their propoganda.

      • Michael Raymer

        Everyone uses Youtube to post their propaganda. That’s why it’s there. This sampling and statistical credibility that you try to attach to it doesn’t exist. Hell, in your post, the best you could come up with was, “might be”. Well, here ya go….”might not”.

        If you want statistics, SSCS funding would be a good place to start.

      • romika3

        “Everyone uses Youtube to post their propaganda.” Thanks for verify that all the stuff that the SSCS posts on Youtube is propaganda. I knew it all along. I wonder why we don’t we see any real conservation organizations on Youtube, perhaps there is no need for those organizations to pull the wool over peoples eyes.

  • romika3

    A long time ago she was on the ice hugging white coats and getting a lot of pictures taken. During an interview she said lots about nothing, didn’t have a clue about the issue, the culture, the ice the. She and Paul will make a great team.

  • Captain Paul Watson

    Still working for the ICR I see Romika.

    • imforthewhales

      Its a lonely existence.

      Whats the pay like these days romi? I hear Japanese whaling is pretty much broke?

    • romika3

      This post is not from Paul Watson. There is no link to his web when the posters name is clicked and Watson is incapable of writing one sentence.

      • Michael Raymer

        I actually have to agree with romika on this one. There is no link and the one sentence thing isn’t working for me either.

  • romika3

    The SSCS is basicly a failure when it comes to bringing about change. Conservtion includes education, outreach, and community engagement. Making conservation an issue for those most directly affected by conservation initiatives. This is how conservation efforts succeed. This is why direct action fails. Direct action alienates the people who are most essential to the process. Ramming and sinking ships and disrupting fishing operations make great TV. They attract donors. They have satisfying short term gains.

    • Michael Raymer

      We’ve danced this dance before. Where do you get off claiming to know the first thing about conservation? That’s not an attack, it’s a question. You support whale slaughter, you support seal clubbing. You have shown no interest in tuna poaching and/or shark finning. You have never made any statements in support of any other conservation effort. And yet you try to lecture about what makes “good conservation”.

      • romika3

        Sorry, if you check all my posts you will find no statment that says I support whale harvesting etc. I support the harvest of managed and sustainable resources. I do not support an organization that uses “conservation” has an excuse for one man running around with an ego selectivly choosing issues based on their media and money making potential; stating that his protecting endangered animals when he is not; lieing and distorting data; using violence and terrorism; attacking fishmen participating in legal, managed, and sustainable harvests; supporting organizations that promote hate towards a culture, demoize fishermen, threaten fishermen with phone calls in the middle of the night that threaten to skin thier children alive, burn down their houses, sink their boats and burn their stages; and the list goes on and on ……..

      • Michael Raymer

        OK, well have fun in your little fantasy-land that you have constructed. None of your above accusations carry any weight. You have yammered away with them for some time without a single shred of proof of what you are claiming. Your accusation of threats being made is simply made up. And again romika, your accusations of lying might be easier to make if you didn’t have such a rich history of lying yourself.

        You have a long way to go….

      • romika3

        You will find no reference to me admiting that I lie in any of my many posts. Unlike Waston who states in his book “Earthfore” that it is acceptable to lie and distort data. He wrote it, I didn’t.

      • Michael Raymer

        No baby-boy, liars usually don’t admit to their deceit. And no one is expecting you to admit yours. But it’s out there, and plenty of it. He wrote it, you read it, you applied it.

      • romika3

        “He wrote it”, so are you, as a member of SSCS, finailly admitting that Watson is a lier and distorter of data?

      • Michael Raymer

        I’m not a member of SSCS and never was. This should pretty conclusively point out who the liar and distorter of truth around here is.

        This is how you keep me coming back. The utter nonsense you post, the lies and fabrications, while trying to point a finger at others. It truly is a laugh.

      • romika3

        Member of SSCS are told to lie and distort data. This is written in Paul Watson’s book “Earthforce”. If you say you are not a member of SSCS then you are and therefore everything you say is not the truth. This clearly points to the fact at your the lier.

      • Michael Raymer

        And where is your proof? You said you had it, you said you would provide it, and that was months ago. Keep posting your nonsense. The readers know who the liar is.

        “If you say you are not a member of SSCS then you are and therefore everything you say is not the truth.”

        I love that so much I might print it up and hang it on the wall. Everyone who says that they aren’t a member of SSCS is automatically a liar and instantly becomes a member of SSCS. Hey, can we do the same thing with political parties? LOL

        Now I see why you are so passionate about killing baby seals. Lord knows you’ll never make money using your mind.

      • romika3

        Here is an example of a typical SSCS supporter sitting at the square end of a round table and chewing on the wet end of a dry rag.

      • Michael Raymer

        Nice quip, but I’m still waiting for the proof you said you would provide. Where is it??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Remy-Chevalier/754430220 Remy Chevalier

    It was in fact Patrick Moore when he was with Greenpeace who invited Brigitte on a trip to Canada to protest the seal hunt. I think what Sea Shepherd did is a two prong message, bringing attention to how low Patrick has sunk becoming a shill for the nuclear power industry.