Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Sea Shepherd, Japanese Whalers Clash For Third Time This Season

March 3, 2014

Brett Smith for – Your Universe Online

In what appears to be the result of escalating violence, the anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd has claimed that Japanese whalers attacked one of their vessels during a recent clash in the Southern Ocean.

According to the environmentalist group, the Japanese ships Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru 3 dragged steel cables across the bow of its vessel the Bob Barker 11 times on Sunday in an attempt to disable the craft. When the Bob Barker released two small boats to cut the steel cables, a bamboo spear was thrown at Sea Shepherd crew members, the anti-whaling group claimed.

The clash is the latest episode in the ongoing saga between the environmentalist group and Japanese ships. The Japanese claim they are simply pursuing the whales for scientific purposes, while the Sea Shepherd has asserted that the Japanese ships are simply exploiting a loophole in international treaties to conduct whaling operations.

Sunday’s clash was the third since the Japanese ships started operation earlier this year. No one was injured during the most recent incident.

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