I really, really wonder about the intelligence of radical viros sometimes:

Environment activists piled thousands of dead fish at the foot of Berlin’s biggest tourist attraction, the Brandenburg Gate, Tuesday in a demonstration against over-fishing and pollution in the North Sea.

[V]isitors to the famous neo-classical landmark were greeted by the smell of 11,000 rotting fish displayed on a 100 meter long table under banners bearing the slogan “Don’t waste life!.”

“We caught the fish in the North Sea on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza using a standard 10 meter commercial fishing net, said Jettka. “The net has a huge pipe attached that sucks up fish indiscriminately like a giant vacuum cleaner.”

The dead fish on display — some 95 percent of the catch, including endangered species of octopus and sea urchin — were those that commercial crews would normally throw back overboard for failing to meet traders’ criteria.

Um. Is this story even for real? Protesters deliberately went out and indiscriminately caught 11,000 fish, including some endangered species, for the purpose of putting their dead carcasses on display as a protest against over-fishing?

Duh?

Am I missing something here? How exactly does this prove their point? Haven’t they just committed an illegal act by fishing and displaying endangered species? Isn’t this entire stunt an incredibly stupid way to protect marine life, considered that they killed 11,000 fish?

4 Responses to “Greenpeace: Intellectually Challenged”
  1. Sigivald says:

    I suspect more and more than people like this “protest” because it makes them feel shiny and nice, not because they actually care about getting things done.

    Conversations with their ilk tend to confirm it; they see the point of volunteering or protesting in its effect on them, and getting something donei in an un-approved way is “inauthentic”.

    Bastards, really.

  2. syn says:

    One expects nothing less from Eco Imperialists.

  3. Bjoern Jettka says:

    Hi there,

    if you quote on me please use the right quote. reuters did a mistake and sent out a invented quote. Later on the send a reply:

    BERLIN, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Environment activists piled thousands of dead fish at the foot of Berlin’s biggest tourist attraction, the Brandenburg Gate, on Tuesday in a demonstration against over-fishing and pollution in the North Sea.
    “It’s not the fish but the politics that really stink,” said Bjoern Jettka, press officer for Germany’s Greenpeace.
    On a hot August day at peak tourist season, visitors to the famous neo-classical landmark were greeted by the smell of 11,000 rotting fish displayed on a 100 metre long table under banners bearing the slogan “Don’t waste life!”.
    Jettka said Greenpeace got the already dead fish from the unwanted catch of a Belgian fisherman who uses the so-called “beam trawl” method where a net is dragged along the sea bed.
    “The North Sea beam trawlers have nets that suck up all the living creatures in their path indiscriminately like a giant vacuum cleaner,” he added.
    The dead fish on display — some 95 percent of the catch, including endangered species of octopus and sea urchin — were those that commercial crews would normally throw back overboard for failing to meet traders’ criteria.
    “Some 700,000 tons of dead fish are thrown back into the sea each year — this waste problem will affect future generations if no one takes action,” said Greenpeace marine biologist Thomas Henningsen.
    “Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder must hear our protest.”
    Demonstrators hoped the prominent site, flanked by luxury hotels and foreign embassies, would attract attention and urge Schroeder to pressure the European Union to reduce over-fishing and pollution in the North Sea.
    ((Reporting by Sarah Goodwin, editing by Jon Hemming; Berlin newsroom; Tel: +49 30 2888 5210))

  4. Wpp says:

    As if the Greenpeace are that dumb.

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