Arrest the whalers, activist demands


Authorities should arrest Japanese whalers if they hunt in Australian waters this summer, a radical protest group says. Japan is expected to target Australia’s Antarctic waters for its annual whale hunt. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which will send two vessels to harass the Japanese fleet, wants to see the whalers put in the dock. Captain Paul Watson cited an Australian federal court ruling in 2008 which ordered a Japanese whaling ship out of Australian waters because it had unlawfully slaughtered whales. “All Australians should expect the Australian Government to enforce the law,” Capt Watson said from the US.