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2009-01-05 08:00:00

Sea Shepherd, an anti-whaling group, has been forced to abandon its chase of a Japanese whaling fleet to refuel its ship. According to Paul Watson, founder of the U.S. group, the Sea Shepherd team would return to its pursuit in the Antarctic after refueling its ship, the Steve Irwin, in a nearby port. Watson added that the two-week operation had been successful in lowering the number of whales killed by the Japanese. Despite an international freeze on whaling since 1986, Japan continues to...

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2008-12-29 08:00:00

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a U.S.-based anti-whaling group, reported Saturday that it had successfully forced Japan's whaling fleet out of waters near Antarctica claimed by Australia. The organization posted the statement on its Web site www.seashepherd.org, saying its ship, the Steve Irwin, had achieved its goal of forcing the Japanese fleet, which was on annual hunt to kill 900 whales, into waters off the New Zealand owned Ross Dependency. Australia has declared an "EEZ", or...

2008-12-23 12:40:00

- Season Finale Delivers More Than 1 Million Viewers & Ranks in Top Ten on Cable - SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal Planet's WHALE WARS stormed audiences in its maiden season earning the best performance of any series in the network's history among Adults 25-54 (529,000 viewers) and Men 25-54 (309,000 viewers). The series averaged a 0.7 household rating for the season, a 75% increase over the year-ago timeslot average and delivered an average of nearly a million...

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2008-12-02 13:30:00

On Tuesday, actress Daryl Hannah joined anti-whaling activists to protest Japan's Antarctic whaling fleet. Hannah previously criticized Greenpeace for opting out of the annual chase, started by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which followed the eight-ship fleet last year, bombarding it with stink bombs and briefly boarding a harpoon vessel. The fleet departs Australia on Wednesday for the Southern Ocean. Hannah will travel part-way on Sea Shepherd flagship Steve Irwin. The 47 year-old...

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2008-11-17 11:32:50

The Nisshin Maru, Japan's main whaling ship, reportedly left harbor on Monday heading for the Antarctic on its first hunt since April when it was confronted by anti-whaling activists. There was no official confirmation of the ship's departure, but Greenpeace reported that it left the port of Innoshima with plans to take about 850 minke whales and 50 fin whales. "Waved off only by the crew's families and whaling officials, the factory ship Nisshin Maru left Innoshima with no fanfare,"...

2008-11-06 11:15:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), a Japanese scientific body that studies whales, today accused Animal Planet and Discovery Communications of deceiving their viewers in a new television series "Whale Wars", due to be broadcast in the United States starting tomorrow. Whale Wars purports to be a reality TV program, but instead it shows staged events directed by the Animal Planet filmmakers themselves, in a "tail wagging the dog" format. The...

2008-09-17 03:00:14

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 17 Kyodo - Interpol has put three environmental activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on an international wanted list on suspicion of interfering with Japan's whaling activities in the Antarctic Ocean in February last year, the Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday. Tokyo police obtained arrest warrants last month for the two Americans and one Briton. Originally published by Kyodo News...

2008-08-28 18:00:30

By Gary Marks REDDITCH vegetarians and vegans are hosting a talk about protecting sea life. Next Wednesday, a speaker from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will explain how the group is trying to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans. Kevin White, of the Redditch Vegetarians and Vegans, said: "The SSCS uses innovative direct action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on...

2007-12-27 09:28:51

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - The widow of TV "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin announced Thursday she will launch non-lethal research of whales in Antarctic waters next year in hopes of showing that Japan's scientific whale kill is a sham. Tokyo has staunchly defended its annual cull of more than 1,000 whales as crucial for research, saying it is necessary to kill the whales to properly gather information about their eating, breeding and migratory habits. Environmentalists and anti-whaling nations...

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2007-02-15 18:00:40

By RAY LILLEY WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A Japanese whaling ship crippled by fire drifted off the world's largest penguin breeding grounds Friday, and New Zealand alerted other countries it may need help if the vessel leaked oil into the pristine Antarctic waters. One crewmember was missing from the 8,000-ton Nisshin Maru, which had started to list from water pumped aboard to fight the fire. The fire was contained below decks but continued to burn, said New Zealand Conservation Minister...