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Japanese Whale Hunt In The Southern Ocean Faces Opposition
2013-01-01 05:03:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A battle is brewing over whaling in the Southern Ocean between Australia and Japan. Australia's Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has reiterated his government's strong opposition to Japan's "scientific whaling" program, dismissing claims that the expeditions have any scientific research merit. "There is nothing scientific about going out and chasing whales, aiming a harpoon at them, so that you can pull them in and chop them up for...

Scientific Whaling Plans Dumped By South Korea
2012-07-18 12:27:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After experiencing some heavy criticism, the South Korean government is looking to cancel a controversial plan to hunt whales for scientific purposes, according to a new report. A senior government official who spoke to Yonhap News, South Korea´s largest news agency, on the condition of anonymity said the controversy surrounding the policy was a major factor in the decision, which has yet to be formally announced. "Discussions...

Whale Hunting Quota Requests Denied At Global Conference
2012-07-08 07:49:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Japan and Denmark issued threats to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) after their requests for whale-hunting quotas were denied at the organization's annual meeting, various news outlets reported over the weekend. According to the Associated Press (AP), Japan had been seeking permission to carry out small-scale whaling in some coastal communities at the conference, which ended Friday, and have said that they will...

Sea Shepherd Founder Paul Watson Arrested In Germany
2012-05-14 08:33:29

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Founder of the anti-whaling organization Sea Shepherd and star of the Animal Planet show Whale Wars, Paul Watson, was arrested Saturday in Germany for a possible extradition to Costa Rica on charges of violating of ships traffic stemming from a 2002 incident. Several media sources report Watson also faces attempted murder charges linked to the same event. According to the Sea Shepherd website, the incident occurred while Watson was filming the documentary...

Sea Shepherd Activists Injured After Clash With Japanese Whalers
2012-01-18 09:22:24

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. Members aboard the Japanese vessel Yushin Maru No.2 apparently threw grappling hooks and bamboo poles at crew aboard the Steve Irwin anti-whaling vessel. Two crew members on the Steve Irwin were struck in the shoulder with iron grappling hooks and a third crew member was struck twice in the face with a long bamboo pole. The...

Animal Rights Group Uses Drones To Track-Down Japanese Whalers
2011-12-27 05:46:40

A group of infamously aggressive whale-hunting opponents say that they have tracked down and photographed hunters participating in Japan´s annual Antarctic whale hunt using an unpiloted drone aircraft to spot their ship. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said it was able to locate the Japanese ship the Nisshin Maru off the western coast of Australia over the weekend using the unmanned aircraft. Their plans to harass the whaling expedition were temporarily foiled, however, when...

Annual Japanese Whale Hunt Riles Conservationists
2011-12-14 09:27:28

Japan´s whaling fleet left port this month to begin the research whaling season near the Antarctic. The fleet was accompanied by ships from the Japanese Fisheries Agency in hopes of repelling activists of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, The Telegraph is reporting. The United States, Australia and two other nations have urged both anti-whaling activists and the whaling fleet to avoid a repeat of violent clashes, warning of the risk of deaths and injuries. The four countries...

Japan Suing Sea Shepherd For Disrupting Whaling Activity
2011-12-09 12:57:55

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. This is the first move by Japan to attempt legal action against anti-whaling campaigners, who have used extreme methods against ships involved in the hunt. "Today, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha and the Institute of Cetacean Research along with research vessels' masters filed a lawsuit against the Sea Shepherd Conservation...


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