It's been a thorn in the side of Japanese whalers for more than a decade, but for now at least, the international conservation group Sea Shepherd is giving up its chase not for the lack of heart, but rather money. Sea Shepherd says it can no longer match Japan's high tech fleets which are now using military surveillance equipments to track it's every move.
The group has put out a statement saying it's help cut the kill quota from more than a thousand to just over 300 whales each year, while exposing the annual Southern Ocean hunt as anything but the scientific research that Japan claims it is. But it blames what it calls, the hostile governments of Australia, New Zealand, and the US for letting the slaughter to continue.
Japan recently passed a string of anti-terror laws allowing it to use military ships to protect whalers under siege. It also largely ignores a long held international agreement not to hunt whales. Sea Shepherd says its battle is only on hold as it regroups, vowing to fight until the, quote, abomination of whaling is abolished forever.