So what are people's views? I'm not a fan of whaling - I'd like to see it stop - but I don't like the actions of the protesters either in terms of launching projectiles at whaling crew members and attempting to sabotage the whaling ships.
I guess it depends on whether the view is that the whaling itself is legal or not - my understanding is that, regardless of the ethics of it, from a legal standpoint under international law the whalers are entitled to be there - thus I would assume that launching projectiles and attempting to sabotage boats is illegal activity by the protesters.
The way its going someone will get hurt, it is also creating diplomatic problems, and the aggressiveness by the protesters could easily backfire on them imo. Whales are important but human life is important as well and the protesters appear to be acting with wreckless disgregard for both their own lives and the well being of members of the whaling crews.