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Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Involvement in Plans to Weaken Sea Shepherd | Care2

Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Involvement in Plans to Weaken Sea Shepherd | Care2

On Monday, Wikileaks released documents revealing discussions between U.S. and Japanese officials over plans to weaken Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s anti-whaling efforts. Sea Shepherd sails the seas every year in an effort to protect whales by interfering with hunts by Japan’s whaling fleets. The documents leaked to Spanish newspaper El Pais reported Monica Medina, the U.S. representative to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and senior officials from the Fisheries Agencies of Japan last year discussed stripping Sea Shepherd’s tax-exempt status as a political move to come to an international agreement on the number of whales killed each year. Japan also wants harsher measures to deal with the alleged “eco-terrorists,” about which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed. At its meeting in June, the International Whaling Commission failed to reach a compromi...

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