8 Jun 2010

Sea Shepherd bans Bethune

9:29 pm on 8 June 2010

Anti-whaling activist Pete Bethune has been banned from future missions with the Sea Shepherd group, after revelations he had a bow and arrows on his vessel, the Ady Gil.

In a statement on its website, Sea Shepherd says Mr Bethune certainly never intended to use the weapons against anyone, but his decision to bring them on a Sea Shepherd campaign is unacceptable.

A spokesperson, Chuck Swift, says Sea Shepherd has a policy of aggressive but non-violent protest action.

He says the group will continue to support Mr Bethune through his legal battle in Japan.

Mr Bethune has been on trial charged with assaulting a Japanese whaler during confrontations in the Southern Ocean.

A verdict is expected on 10 June.