Netherlands warns Japan, Sea Shepherd

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The Netherlands, the United States, Australia and New Zealand have urged both the Japanese whalers and the Sea Shepherd activists to do everything possible to avoid endangering human lives during their confrontations.

The Japanese whaling fleet sailed last week. In the coming months they will hunt whales in the waters south of Australia and New Zealand. As was the case in previous years, Sea Shepherd will do anything they can to disrupt the hunt. Last year a Sea Shepherd vessel sank after a collision with a Japanese whaler.

In a joint statement, the four countries said these confrontations endanger the lives of whalers and activists alike.

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  • Adrian posted:

    on 14th December 2011, 19:16:46 - Reply

    The attitude of governments surrounding this year's whaling campaign is pathetic. They are all quick to warn the parties involved not to create unsafe situations but at the same time they all refuse to take any affirmative action. Everyone's covering their @ss but nobody has the political courage to stick their neck out and take a position. All countries acknowledge that the Japanese whalers are violating the law yet nobody is willing to take action. The Australian government is especially guilty, since this illegal slaughter takes place in waters claimed by Australia and the majority of the Sea Shepherd crew are Australian citizens.