Wow. You people should know what you're talking about before you take sides in a fight. Pete Bethune did not steer the Ady Gil into the collision. They were dead in the water. He wasn't even inside! You can see him on top in the video taken from the Shonan Maru.
And yeah he was convicted. In a Japanese court! Where interfering with commerce, even if it violates international law, is 5 years right there. And 90% of criminal convictions in Japan don't even go to trial because they can torture prisoners in interrogations. I doubt Pete was tortured because he's kidnapped from another country, but he probably knew not to try their patience. That's why the article says he's been convicted for violating the sword control act of 1876 and everything else they made up to rack up his sentence. Do you just believe a court ruling without knowing a single detail?
And keying an enormous icebreaker whaling ship with a reinforced hull with the can-opener is different than running through one and sinking it! Sea Shepherd has maybe broken some stupid laws about interfering with commerce and manners on the sea, but has never come anywhere near hurting anyone. And if you put big business over the sustainability of our future or submit to laws blindly without thinking about things for yourself, then you obviously have your own problem.
And last thing, Sharon Shelton, whales and oceanic ecosystems are not doing well at all actually because the food is disappearing. Species' fitness is improved over long periods of time by natural predation. Not by humans shooting them with rifles from hundreds of yards away. I don't how you'd be fast or smart enough to dodge that. Or a whaling ship that can do 17 knots shooting you with a harpoon. Fisheries are collapsing, which keep you alive as well as whales. It's a shame none of the stupid humans die before breeding these days.
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