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NISSHIN ACCOMPLISHED: Japan calls a halt to its annual whale hunt

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    Message source: [animal_net] ... NISSHIN ACCOMPLISHED Burned Out of Business, Japan Calls a Halt to its Annual Whale Hunt Daily
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2007
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      NISSHIN ACCOMPLISHED
      Burned Out of Business, Japan Calls a Halt to its Annual Whale Hunt
      Daily Grist, Feb. 28, 2007

      Japan's whaling fleet, unable to recover from a mid-February fire that
      killed a crew member and disabled its main ship, has called off its
      controversial annual hunt a month early. While protesters expressed
      sympathy for the human loss, they also did a dance of joy that "no
      more Southern Ocean whales will die from grenade-tipped harpoons this
      season." Observers had also feared that the floundering 8,000-ton
      Nisshin Maru would cause an oil leak off Antarctica, and the
      government of nearby New Zealand had asked Japan to haul ass outta
      there. The whalers declined an offer from Greenpeace to tow the ship,
      managing to restart it this weekend. Since undertaking the hunt in
      November, the fleet had killed 508 whales -- about 350 shy of its
      goal. "We have been research whaling for 20 years, but this is the
      first time we have had to cut the expedition short," said a Fisheries
      Agency official. "It is very unfortunate." Happily (for the fleet, not
      so much the wh ales), there's always next year.

      Bloomberg News Service, Stuart Biggs, 28 Feb 2007
      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=aU6SobJhaReE

      The Washington Post, Reuters, Isabel Reynolds, 28 Feb 2007
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/28/AR2007022800392.html

      BBC News, 28 Feb 2007
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6403121.stm

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