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SHAME ON JAPAN !

 user 2009-04-14 at 11:54:10 am Views: 92
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090413/wl_asia_afp/japanwhaling;_ylt=AmJd50RPOFCujXwE6BjIj5V4hMgF
    Japan’s Antarctic whale catch
    TOKYO
    april 09 Japan’s controversial whaling fleet returns to port this week
    with a smaller-than-expected haul, blaming harassment from militant
    activists in the Antarctic, the fisheries agency said.On its five-month
    mission, the six-ship flotilla caught 680 whales including 679 minke
    and just one fin whale — well below a planned total haul of between
    765 and 935 of the giant mammals, the agency said.”It was mainly
    because of the harassment by the Sea Shepherds,” said Shigeki Takaya,
    an official with the agency’s whaling division.

    The
    environmental group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society harassed the
    Japanese ships for 16 days, he said.Takaya told AFP a Sea Shepherd ship
    rammed into Japanese vessels and its crew threw ropes and bottles
    filled with chemicals.Three of the six ships returned to the western
    port of Shimonoseki Monday, where television footage showed the coast
    guard inspecting damage from the high-seas clashes.

    Japan
    kills whales using a loophole in a 1986 whaling moratorium that allows
    “lethal research”, despite vehement protests led by Australia.In
    practice, most of the meat from such whaling ends up on Japanese dinner
    tables. Australia and other anti-whaling nations regularly accuse Tokyo
    of using research as a pretext for commercial hunting.Whale meat holds
    sentimental value for some Japanese baby-boomers and older people who
    ate it after the devastation of World War II.Most Japanese have seldom
    eaten whale since the moratorium, but Japan has been trying to give
    young people a taste for whale, which has also been marketed in curry
    and burgers.