7 Jan 2012
(AP) CANBERRA, Australia -- Three anti-whaling
activists boarded a Japanese
vessel off southwest Australia on Sunday as
part of a campaign to stop whale
hunting in Antarctic waters.
three Australian men boarded the Shonan Maru No. 2 in early morning
darkness as it tailed the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's flagship the
Steve Irwin, the conservation group said in a statement.
activists, who are members of an environmental group, said they
helping Sea Shepherd "end illegal whale poaching."
The whale hunts,
which Japan says are for scientific purposes, are allowed
International Whaling Commission as an exception to the 1986 ban on
whaling. But opponents say they are a cover for commercial whaling because
whale meat not used for study is sold for consumption in Japan.
Inwood, spokesman for Japan's Tokyo-based Institute of Cetacean
which sponsors the annual whale hunt, confirmed that the three had
boarded the vessel and were being questioned. The activists were not
"I would describe them as volunteer detainees," Inwood
Three Australian activists from the group Forest Rescue have boarded
Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru #2 in an effort to assist Sea Shepherd's
According to a statement from Sea Shepherd, Geoffrey Owen Tuxworth, Simon
Peterffy and Glen Pendlebury are all still on board being detained as
prisoners. The activists came by boat to interfere with the whaling ship as
it tailed the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin in Australian waters, 22 miles
Northwest of Bunbury, Western Australia.