In an odd twist, an American law firm that prides itself on supporting a local no-kill animal shelter has decided to represent the Japanese whaling fleet in their lawsuit against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Miller Nash, with offices based in Portland and Seattle, will act on behalf of The Institute of Cetacean Research to seek a court order against the Sea Shepherd to prevent them from “engaging in activities at sea that could cause injuries to the crews and damage to the vessels.”
SSCS founder Paul Watson dismissed the suit, calling the allegations just another form of harassment. “I don’t believe they have a case and I doubt a U.S. court would take this seriously,” he said in an earlier statement. “Unlike Japan, the courts in the United States don’t automatically do what the government demands that they do.”
Miller Nash lists the Humane Society of the Ochocos, a rare no-kill shelter, as one of their main recipients of charity. According to the Sea Shepherd site, the decision to represent the whalers reeks of hypocrisy.
“It appears that these lawyers in fact do like animals,” reads an article on the SSCS site. “They seem to be opposed to the killing of defenseless animals, so it is a mystery as to why they would be willing to represent one of the cruelest and most barbaric animal slaughtering industries on the planet.”
“An American law firm defending Japanese outlaw whalers from American whale defenders seems to be very un-American,” they add. “It is most certainly inhumane and disgracefully insensitive to the agonizing, cruel death inflicted upon these highly sensitive, intelligent, and socially complex, sentient victims of their ruthless clients.”
In an effort to rally support against the firm, the Sea Shepherd have posted contact information on their website.
It’s also worth mentioning that Operation Divine Wind, the SSCS’s latest campaign against the Japanese whalers finally kicks off today.
“All three Sea Shepherd ships depart from Australia today for the Southern Ocean,” writes Watson on Facebook. “The Bob Barker from Hobart, Tasmania, the Steve Irwin from Albany, Western Australia and the Brigitte Bardot from Fremantle in Western Australia. Operation Divine Wind has begun.”
For more, hit the official SSCS site here.