Protecting whales have resulted in $2.55 million fine to one United States based environmental group. The conservation group will pay the amount to Japanese whale hunters for violating a US court order to stay away from the ships carrying whale meat. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which attracted world’s attention through an academy award-winning documentary ‘The Cove’ has resolved charges of civil contempt against them in ninth circuit court appeals. The documentary exposed the brutal killings of dolphins and whales in Japan.
The group attacked many Japanese vessels and tried to jam their navigation systems, according to Japan. The fine will help the Institute of Cetacean Research and Kyodo Senpaku. Both institutes are doing research on Japan’s whaling program. The court order prevented Paul Watson, founder, Sea Shepherd and any person from the concerned group from launching a physical attack on the Japanese vessels in the southern ocean waters. Any act of causing a danger to vessel will violate the court order.
The order was issued in 2012 which specifically prevents defendants from coming with 457 metres range of the vessel. The radical group has been conducting deep-sea confrontations against the whaler since 2013. The Japanese government has termed these kinds of moves as acts of terrorism. Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) based in Japan has appreciated the results and said that if this group had allowed to continue its actions, the research activities of the organization would have affected. The Sea Shepherd lawyer maintained that the organization has not committed any contempt of court.