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Whales to the slaughter as Sea Shepherd forced to Refeul
by Takver - Sydney Indymedia
Friday Jan 2nd, 2009 10:10 PM
The Sea Shepherd crew on board the MV Steve Irwin have been forced to curtail their pursuit of the Japanese Whaling Fleet to return to port to refuel. The anti-whaling activists have chased the Japanese whaling fleet for two weeks covering 2,000 miles from the extreme Western end of their hunting territory near Commonwealth Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory, to the Eastern side of the Ross Sea.

While Sea Shepherd has been pursuing the fleet, no whales have been slaughtered. During that time the activists have encountered the harpoon vessel Yushin Maru No 2 (Watch video), and clashed with the whaling spotting vessel Kaiko Maru (watch Sea Shepherd video). Sea Shepherd's helicopter has been able to gain visual contact of the whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru on a number of occasions.

"We have engaged them, we have stopped their whaling activities for two weeks and we have successfully chased them out of the Australian Antarctic Territorial waters," said Captain Paul Watson. "We now have to return to land to refuel. We don't have the luxury of refueling at sea like the Japanese fleet has. We don't have the resources to operate two ships down here and we don't have the support of Greenpeace to relieve us. We are doing the best we can with the resources available to us and we are having a significant impact on their kills."

After refueling, the activists hope to head back to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to continue to disrupt the Japanese commercial whaling activities being performed under guise of scientific research provisions of the International Whaling Commission.


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by Robert Jackson
Saturday Jan 3rd, 2009 4:44 AM
Good luck to the Japanese.

I hope somebody sinks the American terrorists.
by Ellen Woodham
Saturday Jan 3rd, 2009 5:28 AM
Terrorism is indeed going on in Antarctica it is the bloody illegal slaughter of intelligent sentient beings by the Japanese whalers. I sincerely hope that the brave international crew of the Steve Irwin are able to return because everybody else has cowardly backed out including wealthy Greenpeace. Captain Paul Watson is the best friend the whales of this world could ever hope to have.
by Andy
Saturday Jan 3rd, 2009 7:21 PM
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society are heroes, It's a shame that they dont have any support from the Australian and New Zealand Governments. If the government really cares about the whales, then they would atleast be supporting SSCS and making things easier for them with there campaign to stop the illegal japanese whalers.

If the Aus and NZ governments close there ports to the SSCS then both governments will be responsible for hundreds of dead whales.

Japan do not kill whales for research, they kill them because they are sadistic criminals who attempt to make money of this cruel and inhumane hunt. Did I mention illegal?

Anyone who truley cares for the whales will support the SSCS, because they are the only ones down there doing all they can stop stop the madness!