‘The Moral High Ground’: Sea Shepherd Activists Force Japan to Suspend Whaling
The Japanese whaling fleet has temporarily halted its annual slaughter of whales in the icy seas near Antarctica following a sustained campaign of harassment by anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Associated Press reports.
Sea Shepherd ships have been chasing Japanese whalers for weeks now in an attempt to stop them from killing hundreds of whales. Up to 945 of the majestic mammals are scheduled to be massacred this hunting season.
The Japanese halted whaling operations on February 10, says Tatsuya Nakaoku of Japan’s fisheries agency, after “violent” disruptions by Sea Shepherd activists. The protesters lobbed bottles of rancid butter at whaling vessels and used ropes to entangle their propellers, slowing the death ships down.
“We have temporarily suspended our research whaling to ensure safety,” Nakaoku said.
While Japan claims it is killing whales for research purposes, all the research in the world shouldn’t require 945 massive whales. And somehow, whale meat always ends up in the country’s fish markets, supermarkets and eateries.
Here, Sea Shepherd activists meet Japanese whalers during last year’s kill:
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