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Japan to continue Antarctic whaling: farm minister

Japan will go ahead with its annual whale hunt in Antarctica while boosting security to guard against possible harassment by environmental protesters, the agriculture and fisheries minister said Tuesday. “Japan will conduct the research whaling while strengthening measures against acts of sabotage, including dispatching Fisheries Agency escort ships,” said Agriculture,…

Japan brings home embattled whaling fleet

by Frank Zeller TOKYO (AFP) – Japan recalled its Antarctic whaling fleet a month early Friday, citing the threat posed by militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd and demanding foreign countries crack down on the activists. Tokyo told Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands to take action against the US-based group,…

Anti-whaling leader on Interpol wanted list

TOKYO — Interpol this week placed the head of US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd on an international wanted list at Japan’s request, authorities in Tokyo said Friday. The Japan Coastguard was informed by Interpol Thursday about the listing of Canadian Paul Watson, 59, for allegedly conspiring to harass whaling ships…

Hollywood A-list supports militant anti-whaling group

SYDNEY — A militant animal rights group locked in a bitter high seas battle with Japanese whalers have the support and funding of a Hollywood A-list including Sean Penn and French screen siren Brigitte Bardot. One of the world’s best known and more extreme marine activist outfits, the not-for-profit Sea…

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