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Defenders of whales became hostages whalers

January 16 2008

Not far from the Australian coast the Japanese whalers, were taken hostage Briton and an Australian - activists, advocates the prohibition of whale hunting, according to a British television channel Sky-News.

"Attempts to contact the whaling vessels by radio remain unanswered," said a spokeswoman Christine Vasic this movement. Australian environmentalists turned to the Australian police to open a case against the Japanese intruders. "Our ships are still pursuing the Japanese, and we have already informed the British and Australian authorities about the incident and appealed to them for assistance in the liberation of our team members" - said K. Vasic.

The Japanese side has denied that the kidnapping of representatives of the Australian environmental movement. "Any accusations that we were captured or attacked them, absolutely untruthful - said in a statement, the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research. - In the open sea is forbidden to anyone to board a ship belonging to another country. In the end, they (the British and Australian - Ed.) will remain in custody until then, until the made decisions about their future. "

Earlier Tuesday, the Federal Court of Australia banned Japanese company Kyodo Senpaku Keisa Limited to hunt whales in Australia's exclusive economic zone near Antarctica. This company provides their vessels Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research, which conducts whaling under the guise of conducting scientific experiments. However, according to independent experts, this is just an excuse for killing animals and meat which Japanese traditionally eat.

Australia includes in its exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles near the Antarctic and the South Pacific. Japan does not recognize the Australians announced in these waters a whale sanctuary. According to observers, if the Japanese continue to hunt whales, it can lead to serious complications nd relations between the two countries, said, " Interfax ".


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