Sea Shepherd in fresh battle with Japanese whalers
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 00:44
Feb. 16 - Anti-whaling group tries to stop Japanese whalers bringing on-ship a harpooned whale for slaughter. Julie Noce reports.
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A whale tied to the side of a Japanese boat flounders in the wake as it's dragged through the ocean.
The Minke whale had been harpooned by a Japanese whaling vessel -- hunted in the name of research.
As they attempted to transfer the mammal to another boat to be butchered, a ship from the conservation group Sea Shepherd wedged itself in between the two Japanese boats to stall the procedure.
Finally after more than 9 hours, the whale was successfully transferred to the slaughter ship. The Sea Shepherd crew say it was most likely dead already.
Despite a ban on whaling by the International Whaling Commission, the Japanese have continued to hunt whales through a loophole in the ban in the name of research.
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