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Japan halts whale hunt after chase by protesters

February 16, 2011
"I don't think they've gotten more than 30 whales... certainly they haven't got many whales at all."
- Captain Paul Watson, Sea Sheperds

Japan has suspended its annual Antarctic whale hunt following protests from a campaign group.

Activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a US-based environmental group, have been chasing the Japanese fleet's mother ship.

An official at the country's fisheries agency said whaling had been halted "for now" because of safety concerns.

Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 but Japan uses a regulation permitting hunting for scientific research.

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