Shame on Japan for blowing Captain Bethune’s case out of proportion, and shame on Japanese maritime authorities for failing to investigate the serious criminal actions of the Shonan Maru No. 2. Where are the charges against the captain of the Shonan Maru No. 2 for violently attacking the Sea Shepherd vessel Ady Gil?
Says Captain Chuck Swift, whose vessel the Bob Barker rescued the Ady Gil crew after the attack in January, “I watched the Shonan Maru No. 2 intentionally travel into and run over the Ady Gil, and thought my crew and I were going to be recovering injured and/or murdered crew. It is astounding that Japan is prosecuting Captain Bethune while ignoring the many crimes of its own illegal whaling fleet—and shameful that the world is allowing it to do so unchallenged.”
Captain Bethune’s home country, New Zealand, has also been surprisingly quiet regarding this arrest. Regardless of the government’s position, the citizens of New Zealand and around the world are rallying for Pete’s defense, wishing him a swift return to his wife and children.
To help stop the madness, please visit Sea Shepherd’s Support Captain Bethune page.