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Japanese whaling group intends to resume its hunts

TOKYO (Reuters) - The group that conducts Japan's whaling says it expects to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was canceled following an order by an international court. Last month's judgment by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered a halt to Japan's decades-old program of "scientific whaling" in the Southern Ocean, a practice environmentalists condemn, but Tokyo said it would abide by the decision and has canceled the 2014-2015 hunt.

Whale militants to head to Atlantic if Japan abides

Environmental movement Sea Shepherd said Monday it was ready to refocus its attention on stopping whaling by Norway and other European nations if Japan abides by a UN court order. The US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which systematically harasses Japan's whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean, hailed a decision by the International Court of Justice in The Hague that ordered Tokyo to halt its hunt.

Japanese whaling ships clash with Sea Shepherd in Antarctic

The Japanese government said Monday two Japanese ships involved in so-called research whaling in the Antarctic Sea were hindered by the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. According to the Fisheries Agency, two small boats deployed from a Sea Shepherd ship tried to interrupt the work of the Japanese vessels when crew members threw ropes to ensnare their propellers. No crew members were injured in the confrontation and the damage sustained by the ships will not affect their operations, the agency said.

Japan asks Netherlands to act against anti-whalers

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, came into contact with a Japanese harpoon vessel on Sunday as it tried to interrupt the hunt. Each sides has blamed the other for the collision. In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga condemned the group, saying it was responsible for the accident.

Japan asks Netherlands to act against anti-whalers

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, came into contact with a Japanese harpoon vessel on Sunday as it tried to interrupt the hunt. Both sides have claimed the other was to blame. In Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Monday condemned the group, saying it was responsible for the accident.

Japan blames Sea Shepherd over interference in Antarctic whaling

The government on Monday criticized a conservation group that has obstructed Japanese vessels engaged in so-called research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Tokyo has asked the Dutch government to take steps to prevent a recurrence, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference. The antiwhaling group, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, uses ships registered in the Netherlands, the top government spokesman said. "It was a very dangerous act and should never be condoned," Suga said, referring to the obstruction.

Canadian woman who aided ecoterror firebombings sentenced to 5 years in prison

PORTLAND, Ore. - A Canadian woman who admitted taking part in ecoterrorism firebombings has been sentenced to five years in prison. Rebecca Rubin, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and arson charges in October. The sentence was the lowest Rubin could have received under federal sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken said Monday in federal court in Portland, Oregon, that Rubin showed contrition and lived in "an emotional prison cell" during seven years as a fugitive in Canada, from December 2005 to November 2012.

Australia to monitor whaling from air, drawing criticism

Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced over the weekend that Australia will send an aircraft to Antarctica to monitor Japan's upcoming whale hunt, a move criticized by environmentalists and anti-whaling groups as a broken promise and ineffective. Hunt said Sunday that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will use an Airbus A319 for aerial surveillance on both protesters and whalers over the whaling season from January to March.

Australia to monitor whaling from air, drawing criticism

Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced over the weekend that Australia will send an aircraft to Antarctica to monitor Japan's upcoming whale hunt, a move criticized by environmentalists and anti-whaling groups as a broken promise and ineffective. Hunt said Sunday that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will use an Airbus A319 for aerial surveillance on both protesters and whalers over the whaling season from January to March.

Anti-whalers dismiss 'sham' Australian surveillance

Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd on Monday dismissed as a "sham" Australian government plans to track Japan's annual whale hunt by air instead of by sea, saying it was a toothless and "cowardly" response. Australia on Sunday announced an aerial Customs and Border Protection mission to the Southern Ocean as a showdown looms between Japan's whaling fleet and Sea Shepherd activists, saying it would send a message to both sides that the world was watching.
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