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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.
The Obama administration has threatened Iceland with possible trade and diplomatic sanctions under a US law known as the Pelly Amendment, which allows the president to act against foreign nations who defy international animal conservation rules.
Japan and the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd exchanged barbs on Tuesday during a world whaling conference over the issue of hunting of cetaceans in waters around Antarctica.
Two Japanese whaling vessels from Kushiro launched their annual coastal whale hunt from the tsunami-devastated areas on the east coast of the northern island of Hokkaido.
Despite declining demand for whale meat in Japan, the "lethal research" which Japanese whalers use to justify harvesting cetaceans for consumer use continues.
New Zealand has decided that the captains of a Japanese whaling vessel and a high-tech protest boat off Antarctica are not at fault for a collision on January 6.
AGADIR, Morocco, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Annual Meeting concluding without any results from the three-year effort to reconcile the impasse between pro-whaling and anti-whaling countries.