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Sea Shepherd - "Got Em On The Run" - Repost from Indymedia

"Chasing the whalers" 2011

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Sea Shepherd 2011 - Chasing the whalers
Sea Shepherd 2011 - Chasing the whalers
The first clashes [  http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/01/01/18668032.php ] have occurred between Sea Shepherd volunteer activists and Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary bordering the Antarctic continent. Dodging and dancing perilously through the ice flows (Watch video),[  http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/01/01/18668009.php ] Sea Shepherd activists in small inflatable zodiacs and their larger three vessels harassed the three Japanese harpoon vessels while in pursuit of the Nisshin Maru whaling factory ship in the first days of 2011. For the first time in seven years of campaigning in the southern ocean Sea Shepherd have been able to locate [  http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/01/01/18668032.php ] have occurred between Sea Shepherd volunteer activists and Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary bordering the Antarctic continent. Dodging and dancing perilously through the ice flows (Watch video),[  http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/01/01/18668009.php ] Sea Shepherd activists in small inflatable zodiacs and their larger three vessels harassed the three Japanese harpoon vessels while in pursuit of the Nisshin Maru whaling factory ship in the first days of 2011. For the first time in seven years of campaigning in the southern ocean Sea Shepherd have been able to locate [  link to indymedia.org.au ] the whaling fleet before whaling was able to begin.

The legality of whaling [  http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/10/legal-cases-rulings-re-whaling-in-australian-southern-ocean-2008#comment-677 ] in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is being challenged by the Australian Government in a case filed in July 2010 (PDF)[  http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/15985.pdf ] before the International Court of Justice, although success is by no means [  http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2010/06/09/Whaling-Prospects-for-ICJ-success.aspx ] certain. Whaling was found to be illegal under Australian law [ http://indymedia.org.au/2010/01/10/legal-cases-rulings-re-whaling-in-australian-southern-ocean-2008#comment-677 ] in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is being challenged by the Australian Government in a case filed in July 2010 (PDF)[  http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/15985.pdf ] before the International Court of Justice, although success is by no means [  http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2010/06/09/Whaling-Prospects-for-ICJ-success.aspx ] certain. Whaling was found to be illegal under Australian law [ link to indymedia.org.au ] in a 2008 Federal court ruling. Whaling by Japan is done through a scientific research loophole under the International Whaling Commission (IWC) convention. The whale meat is commercially sold (or stockpiled) in Japan. Under the IWC there is an international moratorium on commercial whaling since 1985.

Cables released by wikileaks on January 1st, 2011 reveal Japan was pressuring the US Government to remove Sea Shepherd's US tax exemption status [  link to www.indybay.org ] although the cables indicate Australia may have considered conditional commercial whaling outside the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary....

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