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Friday, 12th February 2010
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Japan blasts anti-whaling protestors

Japanese officials have criticised anti-whaling protestors who attacked one of its whaling ships this week.

Members of the protest group Sea Shepherd threw a substance made from rotten butter at one of the six Japanese whaling ships which are currently working in the Antarctic Sea.

The protestors admitted throwing bottles of the mixture at the boat but also accused the crew of the whaling ship of using water cannons and lasers against them. According to reports, the confrontation went on for some five hours.

Commenting on the incident, fisheries minister Hirotaka Akamatsu said he was filled with "great anger".

Clashes between whaling ships and protestors are becoming a regular occurrence in the Antarctic. Those against the activity have pledged to keep targeting the boats but Japan has always defended its annual whale hunt, saying it catches the mammals for scientific reasons and does not hunt endangered species.

Written by Kimberley Homer.