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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Whaling Protests Bound to Get Very Nasty

Sea Shepherd has vowed to stop the Japanese whalers from reaching their quota of whales.

The Robert Hunter's first officer Peter Hammarstedt said targeting humpbacks was the group's "line in the sand".

"We are taking an uncompromising stance," Hammarstedt told AFP, refusing to divulge details of tactics. "We are going down there to enforce international conservation law."

In its last encounter with the Japanese in Antarctic waters, the vessel collided with a Japanese ship.

The incident led the Japanese to brand the group "terrorists", an accusation Sea Shepherd rejects. It says no one has been injured by its activities in its 30-year history.

Greenpeace will also be there to try to disrupt the hunt. If Australia's Labor Party wins as predicted in the Saturday election, it's possible the Australian military may monitor the whaling vessels as well.

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