Whaling protester in custody on Japanese boat

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  1. slewfoot

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100215/ap_on_re_as/as_antarctica_whaling


    By TANALEE SMITH, Associated Press Writer Tanalee Smith, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 46 mins ago

    ADELAIDE, Australia – An anti-whaling activist was being held in custody on board a Japanese whaling vessel Tuesday after secretly boarding it the day before, the whalers said.

    Peter Bethune scaled the Shonan Maru 2 early Monday with the goal of making a citizen's arrest of the ship's captain and handing over a $3 million bill for the destruction of a protest ship last month.

    Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, which sponsors the whale hunt, said the boat's captain had advised Bethune "that in line with the Japanese Mariners Act he was taking necessary measures and restrained Mr. Bethune."

    The statement said Bethune used a knife to cut the vessel's protection net to enable his boarding.

    "At that time, Mr. Bethune cut his left thumb and has since received medical treatment from the Japanese crew,":rofl::rofl::rofl: the institute said in a statement. It said Bethune told them he had thrown the knife into the sea after boarding the ship.

    The statement did not say what would be done with Bethune. The Japanese say his boarding was illegal.

    The brazen move was another escalation by the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd activist group meant to hamper the whaling activities of the Japanese.

    The Sea Shepherd said Bethune approached the Shonan Maru 2 by Jet Ski and jumped onto the netting to board the vessel early Monday.

    His goal was to demand the cost of replacing the Ady Gil, an activist ship he captained that was destroyed in a collision with a whaling ship last month. He also wanted the Shonan Maru 2 captain to surrender to Sea Shepherd, or take his ship to the nearest Australian or New Zealand port to turn himself in to authorities for the Ady Gil's destruction and the attempted murder of six Ady Gil crew members.

    On Monday, Tetsuro Fukuyama, Japan's state secretary for foreign affairs, called the incident "regretful."

    "We yet have not clarified his (the intruder's) intention," Fukuyama said. "Once we confirm the fact and nationality of the ship he belongs to, we would post strong protest and urge them to take an appropriate action."

    Japan has a six-vessel whaling fleet in Antarctic waters as part of its scientific whaling program, an allowed exception to the International Whaling Commission's 1986 ban on commercial whaling. It hunts hundreds of mostly minke whales, which are not an endangered species. Whale meat not used for study is sold for consumption in Japan, which critics say is the real reason for the hunts.

    The Sea Shepherd sends vessels to confront the Japanese whaling fleet each year, trying to block the whalers from firing harpoons and dangling ropes in the water to try to snarl the Japanese ships' propellers.

    The whalers have responded by firing water cannons and sonar devices meant to disorient the activists. Collisions have occurred occasionally, including the Jan. 6 collision between the Sea Shepherd's high-tech speedboat Ady Gil and the Shonan Maru 2 that sheared off the protest boat's nose and caused it to sink. There were only minor injuries.

    The governments of Australia and New Zealand, which have responsibility for maritime rescue in the area where the whale hunt is usually conducted, have repeatedly urged both sides to tone it down.
     
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    That is truly funny. "He cut his own thumb". LOLZ!!!!

    The liberal mind is pure crazy. Evidence for the courtroom...
     

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  4. kiole

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    these dumbasses are going to all kill themselves. Both the anti whalers and the japanese whalers both deserve a ride to the bottom of the ocean.
     
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    Bethune should be tried in Japan since he attacked a Japanese vessel.
     
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    Good thing I'm not Captain.

    Doubt he'd make it to the next port.


    "We tried to stop him, but he was so broken up over all the whales.........he jumped".:whistling:
     
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    Take your anti-hunting liberal drivel somewhere else.
     
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    I don't think this will end well for the protesters. They don't have the Law on their side and they don't have a large number of people agreeing with them.
     
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    +1000. :whistling:
     
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    Yep i'm anti hunting..Glad you know me so well.
     
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    What's sad, is Animal Planet has given these yoyo's a platform to continually be more foolish for the press..

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    Illegally boarding a foreign vessel in international water... isn't that piracy?

    Doesn't Japan still hang pirates? :whistling:
     
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    They should just bring the idiot to Japan and charge him. But they should actually follow through with it and not cave in and release him back to his home country.
     
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    I would feed him nothing but whale meat until such time as he was presented in Japan for trial...
     
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    They should hang him. And leave him out on display. And maybe the other world powers would grow some balls again and remember what to do with pirates.

    What ever happened to politicians with guts?
     
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    Keelhaul the ******.
     
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    Jumped hell....I saw piracy and ordered my crew to repel boarders...
     
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    If we had any balls we'd enforce the international anti-whaling resolutions with force.
     
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