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US court tells Sea Shepherd to stay away from Japan’s whaling fleet in Southern Ocean

Wednesday, December 19th 2012 - 20:12 UTC
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US court has ordered conservation group Sea Shepherd to stay at least 500 yards away from Japan's whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit banned the group from “physically attacking any vessel engaged by the plaintiffs”. Read full article


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  • lsolde

    Leave the whales alone!
    Scientific research, indeed!
    Then sell the meat openly in the markets.

    Dec 20th, 2012 - 09:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    I'd agree with you about leaving the whales alone, but if there was an outright ban that everyone kept to then Sea Shepherd would probably immediately switch to harassing trawlers, seiners and anyone else who they felt was opposed to their self-appointed mission to protect the sea.

    What their recent actions look like is more an attempt to make martyrs of themselves. And in polite company it is generally considered as rude to try to take other people with you when you commit suicide.

    Dec 20th, 2012 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    @1 Isolde.
    Here, here! these bastards won't be satisfied until these gentle majestic creatures are extinct.

    Dec 20th, 2012 - 01:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I think the judgement is about 'physically attacking'.
    Sounds like good 'life and limb' law.

    BUT the judge should have had allowable alternative and legal provisions expressed in open court, expressed by the court itself.

    This way, 'the USA' establishes that it is cognisant of the larger issue of protection of the planet from underhand killings of this 'flagship' endangered class of intelligent large mammals.

    Dec 20th, 2012 - 04:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RedBaron

    The US ruling is strange when it is the Japanese who have a stated aim to kill over 1,000 whales this year alone in the name of 'scientific research'.
    Since when was it necessary to kill animals to research them?
    Haven't they researched the whales enough by now to know everything they need to know?

    It's interesting to hear how many hundreds of tons of unsold whale meat are in store in Japan because apparently the Japanese people aren't so keen on buying the stuff any more, so why do they need to hunt these majestic animals into extinction, just to keep a few hundred fishermen in work?

    Dec 20th, 2012 - 05:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    Sea Shepard will do what they want to assist other sentient beings.

    Dec 21st, 2012 - 12:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ernie4001

    What a hell have these yankees to say anything in this case. Are international waters, so seems that they took very seriously when they believe themselves as “world owners”

    Dec 21st, 2012 - 03:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Didn't I read somewhere that the Australians said their Navy would take action against any whalers in their oceans. Well done cobbers!

    Dec 21st, 2012 - 10:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Pagthetic, a US court represses US citizens from protesting Japan's breach of international norms if not treaties and laws. I wonder if any money changed hands?

    Dec 24th, 2012 - 04:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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