The Herald

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.

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