News on whale hunting.
The Japanese continue to flout the international ban on whale hunting under the guise of "scientific research." See World Society for the Protection of Animals, After the ban, whaling continues.
On March 6 of this year it was reported that the anti-whaling organization
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had brought whale hunting to a close for 2012. Nick Perry of 3 News (New Zealand) quoted Paul Watson, the President of Sea Shepherd, to the effect that they had found the Japanese "factory ship" and had disrupted hunting using laser beams and flares fired from the Sea Shepherd ship the Bob Barker. Sea Shepherd claims 2012 Japanese whale hunt over.
However, a few days ago it was reported that Watson was arrested in Germany on charges stemming from an alleged boat-ramming incident in Costa Rica ten years ago. Guy Adams, The Independent, Anti-whaling Activist Paul Watson Arrested for Ramming Boat 10 years ago (May 15, 2012).
Now it appears that the Japanese have resumed the hunt. Adam Westlake at The Japan Daily Press reports Japanese Whaling Ships Depart for Pacific Ocean (May 18, 2012).
Violence is not justified in these circumstances. But hey, Japan, here's a suggestion on how to conduct scientific research on animals: How about tracking and watching them instead of eating them? Just an idea.