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Activists Tangle With Japanese Whaler

Sea Shepherd up to its usual tricks; Japan not amused
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 11:18 AM CST

(Newser) – It's whaling season in the Antarctic Ocean, which means the rotten-butter-wielding activists at Sea Shepherd were busy making life miserable for the Japanese whaler Yushin Maru No. 2 today. Activists hurled paint and butyric acid—found in the aforementioned rotten butter—at the ship, as well as ropes designed to foul its rudder and propellers. Japanese authorities, who run the quasi-scientific group formed to dodge the ban on international whaling, were not amused, notes the AFP.

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"The Institute of Cetacean Research strongly condemns the Sea Shepherd and its continued dangerous and violent actions against Japanese vessels and crews in the Antarctic," the Institute said in a statement, calling on "all related countries" to "restrain them and deal with their criminal actions in a strict and objective manner according to their international and domestic obligations." Sea Shepherd is on thin ice after three activists boarded another whaler Sunday; Japan has announced that it will not prosecute them, and instead will transfer them to Australia. (Read more whaling stories.)

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