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Japan PM handed anti-whaling warning letter from founder of marine conservation group

Published on Jul 9, 2014 11:59 AM
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) participates in an official arrival ceremony with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (back left) at Parliament House in Canberra on July 8, 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been personally handed a letter from Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson warning that any resumption of its whaling campaign will be vigorously challenged. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been personally handed a letter from Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson warning that any resumption of its whaling campaign will be vigorously challenged.

Mr Watson, who has spearheaded a decade of sometimes violent high seas opposition to the slaughter, said his letter was handed to Mr Abe at a state dinner in Canberra on Tuesday by Australian Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

The letter warns that Sea Shepherd ships would resume their harassment of Japanese whalers if another hunt went ahead, while calling on Mr Abe to turn Japan into "a great maritime conservation nation".

"On behalf of the Sea Shepherd volunteers worldwide I would like to respectfully request that Japan abide by the ICJ ruling and that Japan respects both the moratorium on commercial whaling and the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary," the letter read. "If the Japanese whaling fleet returns to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 2015, the ships and the volunteers from Sea Shepherd will also return to oppose any continued unlawful whaling activities."

 
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