FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2010 file photo released by the Institute of Cetacean Research of Japan, anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd's ship the Bob Barker, right, and the Japanese whaling ship No. 3 Yushin Maru collide in the waters of Antarctica. The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. In a March 31, 2014 ruling, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop granting permits for its Antarctic whaling program, which allowed an annual cull of about 1,000 whales. (AP Photo/Institute of Cetacean Research, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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