Benjamin Baldwin is the manager of the ship and said the centrepiece of the work will be the addition of a new landing deck and helicopter hangar on the stern of the ship.I heard the interview used for the ABC News article above replayed on the radio thismorning. I cannot find a link to the audio of the interview.
"Having air support can be very important," he said.
The vessel manager actually said he was quite prepared to die for his "cause".
I certainly wouldn't value the life of animals above that of humans. I don't understand these people at all.
RE: the latest anonymous comments (1/10/08) on this post, I also wouldn't elevate the value of animals' lives to the same level as humans. Commenting as "Anonymous" is hiding. Give yourself a name, any name, then you can be addressed properly.
As to meeting any of these people "face to face" and learning about their work, why would I waste my time? Saying that I think they are foolish and dangerous to their faces would probably get me assaulted, either physically or verbally, judging by the methods of many of the people who champion animals. I don't agree with the methods they employ in "their work".