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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Japan Killing Humpback Whales 

A Japanese whaling fleet has set off on an expedition targeting humpback, fin and minke whales, in the Antarctic. The fleet aims to catch over 1,000 whales before returning to port early next year.

In defiance of world agreements and opinion, the whalers are expected to kill about 50 fin whales, which environmentalists say are a critically endangered species and also about 50 humpback whales, well known for their picturesque silhouette and acrobatic breaching.

Greenpeace said its Esperanza campaign ship was in waters off Japan, waiting to intersect the fleet in the coming days to demand that the expedition returns home. The endangered animals are currently migrating south along the Australian coast and The Australian government and people, are being pro-active in attempting to bring both political and social pressure on Japan. More.

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