JAPAN WHALERS WARN PROTESTERS AWAY

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Sea Shepherd seeks sanctions against seasonal hunt

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 22, 2008) – A spokesman for Japan's whaling fleet says it will do all it can to protect the lives of crewmembers and protesters as the battle over so-called scientific research in the Southern Ocean begins for another season.

The Sea Shepherd conservation group yesterday located the Yushin Maru 2 and is vowing to pursue the Japanese fleet.

A spokesman for Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, Glenn Inwood, is calling on the Australian government to condemn the dangerous actions of the Sea Shepherd crew.

"The research vessels down there will do everything they can to protect their own crew and the property of the Japanese, of the vessels, and will do all it can to make sure that everybody's life at sea is safe - including that of the protesters," he said.Paul Watson from the Sea Shepherd says the Australian government should use economic sanctions to get Japan to stop whaling.

"Japan is in total contempt of an Australian Federal Court order prohibiting whaling in the Australian territories and yet they're doing it, so why is the law not being enforced?" he said. "I think the Australian government should order Japan out of its territory right now, cease and desist whaling, and back that up with some economic sanctions."

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