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Japan has suspended its annual whale hunt in the Antarctic, citing safety concerns as the fleet's mother ship, Nisshin Maru, had been continually harassed by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society environmental activist group. As Japan-based journalist Justin McCurry writes, conservationists were cautiously celebrating, and Sea Shepherd skipper Paul Watson reportedly said, "it demonstrates our tactics, our strategies have been successful." And of course, it's certainly good news for whales summering in the Antarctic.
But let's spare a thought for the activists themselves. Headed back to boring little lives as baristas and supermarket checkout clerks.