Whaler pelted with rotten butter
TOKYO: Anti-whaling activists hurled rotten butter at a Japanese whaling ship in Antarctic waters yesterday, injuring crew members and triggering a protest by Tokyo.
Protesters on a boat run by the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd threw bottles of butyric acid, produced by rotting butter, at the Nisshin Maru whaling ship. Three crew members were injured by the burning fumes.
Japan lodged a protest with the Netherlands, which licensed the activists’ boat, the Steve Irwin, and with Australia, which has offered it a home port. Tokyo also summoned the two countries’ ambassadors.