I’m sure Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson will be whoring himself out all over the media after this announcement by the Japanese:
Japan has suspended its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic for now after a hardline anti-whaling group gave chase to its mother ship and it may call the fleet back home, a government official said.
Regular attempts by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to interrupt hunts have caused irritation in Japan, one of only three countries that now hunt whales and where the government says it is an important cultural tradition.
“Putting safety as a priority, the fleet has halted scientific whaling for now. We are currently considering what to do hereafter,” said Tatsuya Nakaoku, an official at the Fisheries Agency.
When asked if Japan was considering bringing back the fleet earlier than planned, he said this remained an option and added that Japan’s whaling plans were not going smoothly. [Reuters]
I’m not sure how significant this is because we don’t know how many whales the Japanese whalers have already caught considering the winter whaling season is almost over. Also Japan Probe has some pretty good speculation that since the Japanese have a year and a half of whale meat stocked up that they may have their whalers take a year or two off in order to kill Sea Shepherd’s Whale Wars show.
You know what I would like to see, the Russians to take up whaling and see what would happen to Sea Shepherd if they messed with them.