Just in case anyone still cares about the yearly buffoonery going on in the Southern Ocean, here is an update that shows nothing has changed:
Hong Kong (CNN) – Environmental activists and Japanese whaling authorities have reported fresh clashes in Antarctic waters, with each side accusing the other of causing dangerous collisions between ships.
The conflicting claims follow harsh words and threats of legal action exchanged between the two sides last week amid activists’ attempts to impede the Japanese vessels’ annual hunt for whales in the Southern Ocean.
The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) — which conducts whaling activities under the authority of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries — accused ships from the environmental group Sea Shepherd of “sabotage.”
During an attempt by the whaling fleet’s main ship, the Nisshin Maru, to refuel on Monday, Sea Shepherd vessels “repeatedly forced their way” between the Japanese ship and the fuel tanker, ramming into them in the process, the ICR said. It released short videos showing collisions between vessels. [CNN]
You can read the rest at the link but do not bother because nothing has changed. The Japanese are still whaling, Sea Shepherd are still a bunch of buffoons, the Australian government is threatening legal action they never take, and the Kiwis are asking cooler heads to prevail. It will probably be the same story next year and the year after that as well.
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