TV News LIES

Monday, Jan 16th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Sea Shepherd Activists Prompt Japan To Suspend Whaling

Sea Shepherd Activists Prompt Japan To Suspend Whaling

E-mail Print PDF

Sea Shepherd ActivistsJapan has temporarily suspended its annual Antarctic whaling after repeated harassment by a conservationist group, a government official said Wednesday. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships have been chasing the Japanese whaling fleet for weeks in the icy seas off Antarctica, trying to block Japan's annual whale hunt, planned for up to 945 whales.

Japan has halted the hunt since Feb. 10 after persistent "violent" disruptions by the anti-whaling protesters, said fisheries agency official Tatsuya Nakaoku.

So far, the attacks have not caused any injuries or major damage to the vessels, he said, but the protesters are throwing rancid butter in bottles and once the protesters got a rope entangled in the propeller on a harpoon vessel, causing it to slow down.

"We have temporarily suspended our research whaling to ensure safety," he said. The fleet plans to resume hunting when conditions are deemed safe, he added, but declined to say how long the suspension is planned for.

The whale hunts, which Japan says are for scientific purposes, are allowed by the International Whaling Commission as an exception to the 1986 ban, but opponents say they are a cover for commercial whaling because whale meat not used for study is sold for consumption in Japan.

The Sea Shepherd group has been shadowing Japan's whaling fleet for several years, and its campaign has drawn high-profile donor support in the United States and elsewhere and spawned the popular Animal Planet series "Whale Wars."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Cold weather kills 180,000 alpacas in Peru

Alpacas die of cold in PeruRecent cold weather in the Ayacucho region of central-southern Peru is being blamed for the deaths...

Study: U.S. water affordability crisis on the horizon

US water affordablility a dangerWater is relatively cheap when it comes to food and housing, which is why it is...

What could be the 'worst ice storm in 10 years' begins in central U.S.

ice storm begins in midwestWhat could be the worst ice storm in 10 years has begun in the central U.S.,...

U.S. Puts Bumblebee On The Endangered Species List For 1st Time

Bumble bee on endangered species listThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated the rusty patched bumblebee an endangered species —...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!