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Whale Wars: Japanese Sue Sea Shepherd And Paul Watson, Seeking Relief From Attacks On Vessels And Crews
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TOKYO, Japan -- The Institute of Cetacean Research, the group heading Japan's whaling efforts, has filed suit again the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in an effort to protect its vessels and crews from physical attacks from the controversial conservation group.

Kyodo Senpaku Kaisa, which owns the whaling vessels used in the research effort, has also joined the lawsuit against Sea Shepherd.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Seattle, Washington, seeks a court order to prevent Sea Shepherd from interfering in the research whaling activities.

The text of the ICR's press release on the lawsuit follows:

Today, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha and the Institute of Cetacean Research along with research vessels' Masters filed a lawsuit against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) and Paul Watson in the United States.

The Institute of Cetacean Research and Kyodo Senpaku are seeking a court order in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington that prevents SSCS and its founder Paul Watson from engaging in activities at sea that could cause injuries to the crews and damage to the vessels. SSCS is based in Friday Harbor, Washington State on the United States Pacific Coast.

Japan's whale research program in the Antarctic (JARPA II) is a legitimate program conducted since 2005/2006 under Special Permits granted by the government of Japan under Article 8 of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, and is greatly contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge of whale resources in the Antarctic.

Sabotage activities against the research fleet by SSCS and Paul Watson have been escalating over several years. Their actions are dangerous, life threatening and contrary to International Law including the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA Convention) as well as to Resolution MSC 303(87) adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization and Resolutions passed by the International Whaling Commission.

The activities perpetrated by SSCS and Paul Watson not only put at risk the safety of the research vessels at sea but are also affecting the scientific achievement of the JARPA II research program and therefore cannot be overlooked. Despite tremendous efforts we have paid to prevent these sabotage activities, they have not stopped, rather, being escalating as described above. Therefore, we have proceeded with filing a complaint to the United States District Court in Washington State where SSCS is based, in order to protect the lives of crews and safety of vessels engaging in JARPA II.

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Reader Comments

14 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

I have been following all comments and cannot see why whale research is being undertaken by WHALERS murdering hundreds of whales? Research is monitoring by watching, recording these animals in their natural hanitat like Sir David Attenborough does. In this tech age there should be no VALID reason to brutally KILL in the name of Research!! So outdated and CRUEL. Save OUR WHALED they belong to the WORLD not just JAPAN!
   comment# 1   - Jan Stinger · Blackpool, UK · Dec 8, 2011 @ 11:41pm

Hmm guess you forgot to put the part about them purposley running over a SS boat oh and that they are using money donated to the people of Japan to help recover the areas devastated by the Tsunamis all so they can brutally slaughter animals under the guise of research
   comment# 2   - Mad · USA · Dec 8, 2011 @ 11:52pm

"greatly contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge of whale resources in the Antarctic." This is so ludicrous.Where are their scientific papers? Where have they last presented their scientific findings? Dear God, may there be a sane judge who hears this case.
   comment# 3   - Teresa Wagner · CArmel, CA · Dec 9, 2011 @ 8:20am

Maybe Kyodo Senpaku Kaisa should be researching how to clean up the debris from their tsunami that's floating in the ocean. Whinny rear orifice sniveling bitches. US should be suing them for pollution and pending costs of cleanup. Fed court should boot this suit and award damages to Sea Shepard in the form of torpedoes and cruise missiles. the fight
   comment# 4   - RidgeWolf · Chicago, USA · Dec 9, 2011 @ 10:26am

They may be liars and poachers, but they sure have chutzpah.
   comment# 5   - ttrtilley · Taiwan · Dec 11, 2011 @ 1:08am

The Japanese don't give a damn about life other than their own. They showed that in the Second World War and they haven't changed. Two nukes were not enough then, and the costs of the Fukishima incident won't deter them now. All they are looking for is something to kill to feed their stomachs with what they call delicacies. If it isn't whales or shark fins, it would be something else. And before you tell me shark fins are a Chinese delicacy, google 'shark fin Japan'.
   comment# 6   - Don · United States · Dec 11, 2011 @ 7:02pm

The Japanese liying bastards need to be sunk as fast as possible . I always felt sorry for them now i understand why . they wont stop the lies and they wont stop the murder of these protected spcieces the japanese have allot to learn .
   comment# 7   - kerby norris · america · Dec 13, 2011 @ 10:45am

The Japanese whalers are not getting any money from donations for the earthquakle/tsunami. They are funded by Japanese taxpayers. The Research whaling, whether anyone likes it or not, is sanctuoned by the IWC and scientific data is submitted to the IWC Scientific Committee. Comments about WWII are simply stupid and racist. If anyone has read the filed complaint, although I doubt anyoe here can actually read, "Whaling" commercial or research, is not the issue. The issue is acts of violence on the high seas in violation of numerous treaties. Everything that the whalers are accusing Sea Sheperd of, you folks watch and enjoy cheering on the eco-terrorists on youtibe and TV. So since Whakling is not the issue, Sea Shepherd have no leg to stand on. Not that they would respect any court injunction anyway being the lawless criminals that they are.
   comment# 8   - Jack Dahmer · USA · Dec 15, 2011 @ 11:56am

8 comments and 7 show off the racist, ignorant, uneducated, and just plain stupidity of the typical "tree hugger" as they may be known. The ability to overlook laws and facts to further their agenda is remarkable.
   comment# 9   - Erik Eriksen · USA · Dec 18, 2011 @ 1:05pm

Jack--I'm saying this in support of one side or the other, but perhaps you should take a few moments to proofread your comment BEFORE you submit it next time you attack another person's ability to read and communicate intelligently. All the spelling and grammatical errors in your post make it a bit less effective when you're criticizing another's communication and/or comprehensive skills..... While I disagree with the tactics Sea Shepherd uses (and I think their egomaniacal leader is dangerous and will eventually get people killed), I don't feel there's a legitimate need for so many whales to be killed in the name of "research", nor do I believe the ICR is truly a "non-profit organization".
   comment# 10   - Eva · USA · Dec 20, 2011 @ 4:28pm

You are against them killing the whales. We kill whales in the usa and eat them too. There are villages in alaska the kill whales too but i dont see anyone saying anything about that. I dont agree with killing whales but we are doing it in alaska. Why is ok to do in alaska and not ok for the japanese???
   comment# 11   - kevin · usa · Dec 24, 2011 @ 4:53pm

comment #11 makes a good point. Go get them captain watson. Those evil eskimos need to be taught a lesson also. Oh wait a second. Thats on american soil hunting whales legally. Cant get involved there. He is only a hero and a thug where he knows he cant be prosecuted. He is nothing more than another terrorist on his little jihad. Should do the same to him that we did to the other terrorist. A good bullet in his head will shut him up. Nothing but a criminal.
   comment# 12   - mike · usa · Dec 26, 2011 @ 12:52pm

I had a look at Whale Wars for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I immediately researched the entire history of Paul Watson, the Sea Shepherds, the IWC and the whole whaling issue. All I can say is WOW. What a bunch of inept and sketchy characters these Sea Shepherds are. It is quite clear that Mr. Watson will do ANYTHING to further his cult following and execute his extreme views. The television show specifically documents his lying and posturing against people who are just trying to do their jobs. He is not registered as a captain. He has apparently been convicted of different crimes in different countries. Greenpeace has rejected him as a fanatic. He endangers people irresponsibly. I am no fan of Japanese whaling by any means. I abhor the use of whales for meat, but it does appear that the Japanese have a legal basis for what they are doing. Violently attacking it creates resistance in support of it. Watson is hurting the cause by aggrandizing himself.
   comment# 13   - Mike Burkitt · Japan · Jan 1, 2012 @ 10:11am

I see Paul Watson wearing a badge. What agency actually issued that badge and what does it mean? Does anyone know?
   comment# 14   - Carlos · Honolulu, HI · Mar 19, 2012 @ 11:23am
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