Have you seen Animal Planet's controversial Whale Wars show? If so, perhaps you'll recognize one of the people on the show is facing serious jail time in Japan for his role in a boarding (and attempted citizen's arrest) of a Japanese whaler's ship.
Tokyo, Japan (AHN) - Anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Monday denied in a Japanese court that he intended to hurt Japanese whalers during their encounter in the Antarctic seas in December.
Bethune made the denial as he faces assault charges before the Tokyo District Court for firing bottles of butyric acid at the Shonan Maru 2 whaling ship to stop the whalers from hunting whales.
Japanese prosecutors said the butyric acid burned two crew members of the Japanese whaling ship.
If he's convicted of the charges, he could serve up to 15 years in prison. The Japanese are very tired of this crap happening, so they want to make sure he serves time ... and want to get the other guys pinched as well.