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Japan asks Netherlands to take ‘practical measures’ against Sea Shepherd activists

Japan on Monday said it was asking the Netherlands to take "practical measures" against a Dutch-registered vessel that collided with a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean. The Bob Barker, belonging to militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd……

Sea Shepherd activists claim ‘aggressive’ Japanese whalers rammed their ship

Militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd on Sunday said one of their ships was rammed during "aggressive" and "unprovoked" confrontations with the Japanese in the Southern Ocean. Sea Shepherd said one of its vessels, the Bob Barker, was struck……

Fugitive Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson due in court on Wednesday to defend himself against Japanese whalers

Fugitive eco-activist Paul Watson is due in a US court this week for his latest legal battle — but, after 15 months on the run, he says he is happy to leave the high seas clashes to friends in Australia. The Canadian-born Sea Shepherd founder arrived in California last week…

U.S. Supreme Court rejects bid from anti-whaling group

The US Supreme Court has denied a plea from anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd to end restrictions on its movement as Japan’s whalers accused the activists of violating orders to stay away. Sea Shepherd, which disrupts Japan’s controversial whaling missions in the Southern Ocean, last week asked the Supreme Court to…

The Sea Shepherd takes battle with Japanese whalers to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Sea Shepherd conservation group asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to lift an order forcing it to steer clear of Japan’s whalers, who are seeking legal reprisals over harassment at sea. Since 2002, Sea Shepherd has annually disrupted Japan’s contested hunt in the Southern Ocean but a US…

Saboteurs blamed as Japan whale catch falls short

Japan’s Antarctic whaling fleet has killed less than a third of the animals it planned to because of sabotage by activists, Tokyo said Friday as it announced the end of the season’s hunt. Japan’s Fisheries Agency said the fleet was on its way home from the Antarctic “on schedule”, but…

Activists hurl stink bombs at Japan whaling ship

Anti-whaling activists threw paint and foul smelling acid at a whaling ship in the Antarctic ocean Saturday in a fresh bid to halt the annual hunt, officials said. Two boats belonging to the US-based environmental group Sea Shepherd approached the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 (YS2) and launched 40 bottles containing paint and butyric…

Activists hurl stink bombs, paint at Japan whalers

Environmental activists threw paint and foul smelling acid at whaling ships in the Antarctic ocean in a fresh bid to halt the annual hunt, Japanese authorities said Thursday. The Institute of Cetacean Research, a quasi-public body that runs Japan’s whaling programmes, said members of militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd threw…

Anti-whaling activists’ drone tracks Japan fleet

Anti-whaling activists intercepted Japan’s harpoon fleet far north of Antarctic waters on Sunday, they said, with the help of a military-style drone. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society spokesman Paul Watson said the unmanned long-range drone, launched from the anti-whaling ship the Steve Irwin, had located the Japanese fleet and relayed the…

Japan whaling operator sues environmental group

Japan’s whaling authorities said Friday they are suing militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd and its head in the United States in a bid to stop them interfering in the annual whale hunt. It is the first time that Japan has attempted legal action abroad against anti-whaling campaigners, who have sometimes…

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