Japan gives anti-whaling activists suspended sentences

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A Japanese court has given two Greenpeace anti-whaling activists one-year suspended jail sentences for stealing a box of whale meat in 2008.

They admit taking the box but say they were trying to expose corrupt practices in Japan's whaling programme, which the country insists is purely scientific.

Commercial whaling is banned worldwide.

Greenpeace says the sentences were "wholly disproportionate" as the defendants had acted "in the public interest and not for personal gain".

The activists, Junichi Sato, 33, and Toru Suzuki, 43, were found guilty of theft and trespass by the Aomori district court on Monday.

They said they had been contacted by a whistleblower on board a state-sponsored whaling ship where crew members were illegally receiving boxes of whale meat.

Commercial whaling has been banned since 1986.

But Japan has continued to hunt whales as scientific research - while not hiding the fact that whale meat ends up in restaurants and shops.

BBC News - Japan gives anti-whaling activists suspended sentences
 

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watch whale wars on discovery channel , its a good indepth look at the way the japs hunt for the whales and try to fed off the sea shepards who are whale activists
 

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i just finish watching the last episode of season 3 very good
 

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yeah its a good series, but the sea sheperd captain is a tool , you can see he thinks people idolize him, hes a reckless show off, however you cant falt him on his tactics, it does get results, but you can see in any other walk of life he`s be just another boring tosser, but on that little ship hes king.

deffo good series though...
 

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anyone know wen new whales wars series starts last season finished last week
 
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