Thursday, May 27, 2010

Anti-whaling activist to go on trial

Okay, so we admit, we have not been blogging for long. Pictures have not been taken as well. But I just had to add the article below.

Food for thought:

NZ anti-whaling activist to go on trial in Japan
27 May 2010, AFP

TOKYO - An anti-whaling activist of the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was due to go on trial in Japan Thursday for charges relating to high seas clashes earlier this year.

New Zealander Peter Bethune, 45, was arrested in February after he scaled the Shonan Maru II, the security ship of the Japanese whaling fleet, in Antarctic waters following a series of high-seas confrontations.

He faces five charges, including injuring a Japanese crew member with a projectile made of rancid butter, or butyric acid, during one of many clashes between the Sea Shepherd group and Japanese harpoon ships.

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He was also charged with trespass, vandalism, obstructing commercial activities and carrying a knife when he scaled the ship.

If convicted he faces up to 15 years in jail.

The Sea Shepherd group pursued and harassed Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters for months in the 2009-2010 season, a campaign which both sides say reduced the Japanese cull by several hundred whales.

Bethune was the captain of the futuristic kevlar powerboat the Ady Gil, which was sliced in two in a collision with the Shonan Maru II in January while carrying six crew and sank soon after.

The next month Bethune scaled the Japanese ship from a jet ski with the intent of making a citizen's arrest of its captain for the attempted murder of the Ady Gil's crew, and to bill him for the sunken vessel.

Instead, Bethune was detained and taken back to Japan, where he was formally arrested by the Japanese Coast Guard.

Japan, which says whaling has been part of its culture for centuries, has also sought Interpol's help to arrest Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson for ordering his crew to harass whaling ships.

So.. What do you guys think?

True.. He was trespassing and probably did present a threat to the harpooners. However, the article did mention that several hundred whales were spared due to their actions.

I say that a life is a life no matter what. I applaud them for being so brave and fighting for the whales.

In time, hopefully lesser people will stick to "traditions" which are destroying our Earth.

That said, I do not eat Shark's Fin as well and do not intend to serve it at any dinner (yes, including my wedding in future).