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Friday, 19th February 2010
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Australian PM warns Japan on whaling

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has warned Japan that should it fail to stop its whale hunt by the end of this year, it could be faced with court action.

In a strongly worded statement, Rudd said that Australia will work with Japan and negotiate to work their catch down to zero.

"If that fails - and I'm saying this very bluntly and very clearly on your programme today - if that fails then we will initiate that court action before the commencement of the whaling season in November 2010," he told Australia's Channel 7 today (February 19th) in a breakfast interview.

Each year, Japanese fishing boats head out to the waters of the Antarctic to hunt whales, which they claim is for solely scientific reasons and does not involve the catching of any endangered species.

Many of the hunts attract protesters from Greenpeace and other organisations. A member of Sea Shepherd is currently waiting to hear whether he will be charged after boarding a whaling boat in the middle of the night last week.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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