Sunday, October 26, 2014   

Sea Shepherd’s got Japanese whale killers on the run
(01-07 15:09)

Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd said Japan's fleet had been separated and driven out of its Antarctic hunting ground, declaring an early success in its campaign to disrupt the annual hunt, AFP reports.
The group said the five-vessel fleet was “in disarray'' and that harpoon ships were separated from each other by hundreds of miles, while the factory ship Nisshin Maru was well outside its kill zone.
“The Nisshin Maru is on the run and unable to stop and whale in its self-designated whale-poaching grounds,'' Sea Shepherd said in a statement.
Japan's fisheries agency insisted it was business as usual.
“We don't have information on exactly where the ships are, and we would never disclose such information because it would only help Sea Shepherd campaigners spot them,'' said an agency official in charge of the whaling mission.
“All we can confirm is that the Japanese research has been neither suspended nor cut short.''
Sea Shepherd has three ships on the high seas to disrupt the slaughter.
On Monday said it had located all five Japanese vessels, releasing photo evidence that four whales had been killed.
Since then the Japanese fleet has split up and their operations have been disrupted, the activist group said.
“Should the Nisshin Maru attempt to return to the whaling grounds, Sea Shepherd will be ready to once again intercept and shut down their illegal whaling operations,'' it said.
The commercial hunting of whales is prohibited in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, which was designated by the International Whaling Commission in 1994, but Japan catches the animals there under a “scientific research'' loophole in the moratorium.



   
Other World breaking news:
UK boy finishes proton therapy in Prague for tumor (10-24 18:39)
Nepal bus accident kills 9, injures dozens (10-24 18:38)
California startup unveils gun technology for cops (10-24 17:50)
Sweden says 'at least one' vessel operated in its waters (10-24 17:04)
Man with 'Islamic extremist leanings' attacks NY police (10-24 16:34)
Former Japan PM to meet with China's Xi: report (10-24 16:32)
Malaysian man crawls for 3 days after car smash (10-24 11:16)
NY doctor back from Guinea has Ebola, 1st in city (10-24 11:11)
Italian PM vows to publish cost of EU institutions in budget row (10-24 11:05)
Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: study (10-23 18:51)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.