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Space-age powerboat to harass Japan whalers: activists

Von: abc (abc@123.cl) [Profil]
Datum: 15.11.2009 18:28
Message-ID: <20091115-172816.933.0@abc.shawnews.vc.shawcable.net>
Newsgroup: alt.animals.whales alt.animals alt.animal
Space-age powerboat to harass Japan whalers: activists


November 14, 2009



This photo released by the Sea Shepherd Society, shows the
organisation's newest ocean defense vessel: the "Ady Gil," seen at an
undiclosed location in the US. The super-fast, space-age powerboat
which scythes through waves and smashed the round-the-world record is
set to be unleashed on Japanese whalers next month, according to
activists.

SYDNEY  A super-fast, space-age powerboat which scythes through waves
and smashed the round-the-world record is set to be unleashed on
Japanese whalers next month, activists said on Friday.

The tri-hulled, kevlar-and-carbon vessel, which can manage speeds up to
50 knots (57 miles/93 kilometres per hour), will chase the
controversial boats during their annual hunt in seas south of
Australia.

The futuristic "Ady Gil", formerly known as "Earthrace", jetted round
the world in just under 61 days last year, two weeks faster than the
previous record circumnavigation.

Campaign spokesman Paul Watson said the boat will pursue the Japanese
harpoon boats and stop them spearing whales killed in their hundreds in
waters off Antarctica each year.

"The Ady Gil will be our interceptor. It will be able to latch on to a
harpoon boat and prevent it killing any whales," Watson told AFP.

"It should be able to run rings around them."

Watson said the boat, bankrolled to the tune of one million dollars by
Hollywood businessman Ady Gil, will accompany the "Steve Irwin" ship
during the three-month campaign from early December.

In an increasingly bitter campaign, activists have boarded a whaling
ship and hurled stink bombs and rancid butter at the fishermen, while
accusing the Japanese of warding them off by using ear-piercing sonic
weapons.

Environmental groups, as well as anti-whaling nations led by Australia
and New Zealand, have attacked Japan for the annual expeditions,
criticizing them as cruel and unnecessary.

Japan pursues the hunts using a loophole in the 1986 moratorium on
commercial whaling which allows the animals to be killed for "lethal
research", and often accuses Western critics of insensitivity towards
its culture.


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