From correspondents in Tokyo
December 06, 2008 06:22pm
ANTI-whaling activists will be arrested if they forcibly interrupt Japan's whale hunting in the Antarctic Ocean, a report said today.
Japan's fisheries agency and justice ministry made the decision to arrest intruding activists as a ship belonging to the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society set sail from Australia in a bid to disrupt the Japanese whaling fleet, the Sankei Shimbun said.
Crew members from Japan's fleet would capture activists who board the whalers' boats and hand them over to the Japanese Coastguard, the report in the daily added.If arrested by the coastguard, they would be charged with forcible obstruction of business under Japanese law.
I'd prefer charges of piracy, but seeing those eco terrorists in jail will be a distinct pleasure.
During the last Antarctic hunt, Japan alleged that Sea Shepherd activists tracked down and hurled bottles of chemicals at the fleet to disrupt its operations, leading Japan to label them as “terrorist”.
Which they did.
Two activists boarded a Japanese whaler in January, sparking a two-day standoff before they were handed over to an Australian customs vessel.
Note to eco terrorists: stay on your own ship from now on.
Japan's fleet set off in mid-November heading for the Antarctic Ocean with plans to slaughter hundreds of whales, despite strong opposition from Australia and New Zealand, where whale-watching is a popular pastime.
Media lies again, they were in international waters...the whale watchers are inside Australian national maritime boundaries which the whalers never entered....so that's a load of bullshit.
Japanese whalers kill about 1000 whales a year using a loophole in a 1986 global whaling moratorium that allows “lethal research” on the ocean giants.Tokyo makes no secret of the fact that the meat ends up on dinner tables and accuses Westerners of insensitivity to its whaling culture. Only Norway and Iceland defy the whaling moratorium outright.