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In what appears to be the result of escalating violence, the anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd has claimed that Japanese whalers attacked one of their vessels during a recent clash in the Southern Ocean.
Three anti-whaling activists have been injured during a clash at sea with Japanese whalers, some 300 miles north of Mawson Peninsula off the coast of Antarctica.
Japanese whaling authorities said on Friday that they were suing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society group to try and stop it from interfering in the annual whale hunt.
Japan plans to send out its whaling fleet again this year, even though they were turned back by the Sea Shepherd conservation group earlier this year.
Despite declining demand for whale meat in Japan, the "lethal research" which Japanese whalers use to justify harvesting cetaceans for consumer use continues.
Officials said Tuesday that an anti-whaling activist from New Zealand is in custody on a Japanese vessel and will be taken to Japan to face charges after secretly boarding the ship as part of a protest.
NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in the Southern Ocean, an ancillary vessel from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Ady Gil, and the Japanese security ship, the Shonan Maru No. 2, physically collided, leaving the much smaller Ady Gil sinking and unsalvageable.
A technologically advanced powerboat whose goal was to distract and irritate Japanese whalers sustained heavy damage in its first swim Wednesday, severely raising hostilities between the warring groups.
Anti-whaling activists temporarily called off their operations to disrupt Japanese whaling around Antarctica earlier this month.