Thank you Japan
Pete Bethune free after months in captivity
LATEST: Anti-whaling activists appear to have struck a deal with Japanese officials allowing Pete Bethune to walk free – in return for banning him from future expeditions. Bethune, 45, who has been in Japanese custody since February after boarding a Japanese whaling ship, was given a two-year suspended sentence in a Tokyo court yesterday.
While I disagree violently with Japan's slaughter of whales for the blatant lie of 'scientific research', let's give some thanks that they didn't take advantage of the situation and throw Pete into a prison for 2 years, in fact Japan has shown him more mercy than the Sea Shepard group who cut Pete lose after his bow and arrow (which they were aware of) was shown on TV.
It's a pity the NZ Government were so weak on this issue, luckily the Japanese decided not to be vindictive, if only they could share that same compassion to all those whales they want to pointlessly kill to prop up their old National identity.
I'm very happy for Pete and his family.