INTERVIEW: Sea Shepherd Eyes Measures against Japanese Whaling

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Sydney, June 24 (Jiji Press)--The Australian division of antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd is considering possible measures against Japan's plan to restart commercial whaling in July after a hiatus of 31 years, according to a senior official.

"Our goal is to see an end to whaling in the world's oceans," Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia, said in a recent interview with Jiji Press. "We are still looking at what we can do" against Japanese whaling.

Sea Shepherd used extreme measures against Japanese research whaling ships in the Antarctic Ocean, often attacking the whaling vessels with small boats.

Citing countries such as Iceland and Norway in addition to Japan, Hansen said, "We still oppose all whaling" due to "the important role that whales play in the health of oceans and marine ecosystems."

"Their numbers still haven't recovered from the days of whaling," he added.

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