Tokyo: Japanese whalers have faced a fresh
attack by militant activists from the international
organisation Sea Shepherd during an Antarctic mission, a
Japanese whaling body said on Wednesday.
Anti-whaling campaigners aboard the Sea Shepherd
Conservation Society`s "Gojira" speedboat threw glass bottles
at the Yushin Maru-2 and threw ropes aimed at its propeller,
said the Institute of Cetacean Research, which organises
Japan`s whaling mission.
The Japanese ship issued warnings to the activists`
boat and none of the Japanese whalers were hurt, the institute
The institute condemned the actions of the campaigners
The clash followed an earlier attack by the Sea
Shepherd`s other ships Steve Irwin and Bob Barker against the
Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru-3 in Antarctic waters on New
Anti-whaling nations, led by Australia and New
Zealand, and environmental groups have long criticised Japan
for its whale hunts, describing them as cruel and unnecessary.
Japanese anti-whaling activists also argue that
Japanese demand for whale meat has fallen significantly in
However, Japanese officials and whalers have argued
that whaling is an important part of Japanese culture.
Japan kills hundreds of whales a year under a loophole
in the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling that allows
Loud and violent protests by Western activists have
fuelled Japanese public opposition to the anti-whaling