Has anyone ever served a jail sentence for harassing a whale?
July 10, 2007 8:23 AM Subscribe
Has anyone ever done time in prison for harassing a whale?
posted by jason's_planet to law & government (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
In America, the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 makes it illegal to harass whales. My understanding is that bringing your boat closer than 100 yards to a whale or engaging in any kind of conduct that disrupts the whale's behavior constitutes harassment.
My google research has uncovered a case where someone was fined $10,000 for violating this law. But it's possible to be sentenced to jail time under this law as well.
So . . . has anyone ever served time in a Federal prison for the crime of harassing whales?
(I understand that Canada has a similar law, so if you know of any such cases from Canada or other countries, feel free to mention those as well.)
Many thanks in advance.