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Sea Shepherd Says This Year It Won't Send Ships To Disrupt Japanese Whalers

The U.S.-based environmental activist group says it will not send ships because Japan has improved technology to avoid the vessels and has toughened its anti-terrorism laws.
The ship Steve Irwin, from the fleet of environmental activist group Sea Shepherd, sits at anchor near Perth, Australia, in 2011. Source: Greg Wood

Since 2005, the U.S.-based environmental activist group Sea Shepherd has used its ships to disrupt Japan's annual whaling expedition in Antarctic waters.

But this year, Sea Shepherd says it won't send ships because Japanese whalers are using improved technology that helps them avoid the vessels. And the group's founder, Paul Watson, accuses the

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