The brave Pete Bethune has been given a two-year suspended for five years by a Japanese court. Pete was found guilty of assault - by throwing stink bombs made of rancid butter at the whalers – while outside the court there were protestors waving banners demanding that he should receive a tougher sentence. However, compared to the destruction of the vessel Andy Gil by whalers, his stink bombs are positively benign.
Sea Shepherd spent more than $500,000 defending Captain Bethune in an attempt to mitigate his sentence. He had been facing up to 15 years in prison, and after his suspended two-year sentence, he has now been deported back to New Zealand.
Pete has saved the lives of 528 whales and exposed the cowardice and brutality of Japanese whalers.
Recently, at the International Whaling Commission in Morocco, Japan tried to bribe members from small, poor countries in completely underhand and abhorrent ways - with call girls and money - a shocking example of how low the whalers will sink in their backward and revolting attempts to preserve this despicable practice. Surprisingly, even Barrack Obama was going to support the return of commercial whaling.
However, now that the world has spoken and rejected this, we need to close the loop holes that allow 'scientific whaling' to continue, and whale meat to find its way into Japanese shops.