International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has nothing but positive reactions to the news that the Japanese whalers have ended their whaling season early in the Antarctica. In November the Japanese whalers set out to fulfill their quota of 1000 whales and now appear to be returning to port with less than half of that. Facing pressure from a multitude a sources, Sea Shepherd most publicly, the Japanese fleet has decided to withdraw from the internationally recognized sanctuary of Antarctica.
No immediate official confirmation was available from Japan, although the factory ship, Nisshin Maru, was seen today steaming towards Drake Passage, below South America, pursued by the Sea Shepherd's vessel Bob Barker, having left its nominated whaling grounds 2000 nautical miles behind.
There is new hope that this is the first sign that Japanese government officials realize there is no future in the killing of these magnificent mammals.
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