Sea Shepherd figures in whaling case

An affidavit provided by a Sea Shepherd captain, Peter Hammarstedt, was submitted as evidence in a contempt case against a Japanese whaling company.  The evidence has helped the court to issue a $1 million fine to the whalers.

The firm is Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd. which was in the Australian Federal Court in Sydney, Australia.

In 2008, Humane Society International successfully obtained a declaration in the federal court that the firm was breaking Australian law by killing whales in Antarctica under the guise of scientific research. The society also obtained an injunction ordering the company to stop killing whales in the Australian whale sanctuary.

Despite the injunction, the Japanese whaling fleet has continued to slaughter whales in the protected waters of the Southern Ocean, the court found.

In his statement, Hammarstedt recounted an incident that occurred during Sea Shepherd’s 2013-14 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance.

Hammarstedt, who was captain of the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker at the time, said he witnessed the slaughter of a protected Minke whale by the Japanese whaling fleet inside the Australian whale sanctuary, 60 nautical miles from the Australian managed Davis Base.

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