MINAMIBOSO, JAPAN - JULY 30: (FILE PHOTO) Whale meat Sashimi dish is seen at a restaurant near Wada Port on July 29, 2009 in Minamiboso, Chiba, Japan. Only five ports are allowed whaling under the ... more 
MINAMIBOSO, JAPAN - JULY 30: (FILE PHOTO) Whale meat Sashimi dish is seen at a restaurant near Wada Port on July 29, 2009 in Minamiboso, Chiba, Japan. Only five ports are allowed whaling under the coastal whaling program which tries to keep whaling tradition that dates back to the seventeenth century. It was confirmed today by the Japanese Minister of Fisheries that the whale hunt in the Southern Ocean would go ahead again, beginning in December. Clashes with the Sea Shepherd conservation group have become dangerous, and the most recent hunt in the Southern Ocean was cut short. Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson said this week that 'They will have to kill us to prevent us from intervening once again.' Commercial whaling is banned, but Japan uses an exception which allows kills for research. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images) less 
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