facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Whalers deny using weapons vs. protesters

Feb. 2, 2009 at 9:21 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
TOKYO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Japanese officials say accusations by environmentalists that whaling ships have been using military-grade weapons against protesters are untrue.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which sends vessels to Antarctic waters to monitor the whale "research" carried out by Japanese ships, claims whalers have used "military-grade" concussion grenades, acoustic weapons and solid brass and lead balls against them, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

But Japanese whaling authorities deny the accusations. Toshinori Uoya, a spokesman for the Far Seas Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Tokyo, told the newspaper: "Our research whaling fleet only used water cannons and did not use any other weapons. The fleet did use water canons, but only to prevent them from approaching their own vessels in inflatable craft."

The Japanese agency also told the Telegraph the whaling fleet is not equipped with long-range acoustic equipment enabling it to emit high-frequency sound waves that cause disorientation and nausea.

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Lockheed Martin, Roketsan collaborate on F-35 cruise missile Lockheed Martin, Roketsan collaborate on F-35 cruise missile
2
GenDyn UK picks Lockheed Martin for vehicle turrets GenDyn UK picks Lockheed Martin for vehicle turrets
3
Survey: Harvard Law grads earn the most of any grad school in the country Survey: Harvard Law grads earn the most of any grad school in the country
4
Thailand orders more aircraft from Airbus Helicopters Thailand orders more aircraft from Airbus Helicopters
5
North Korea: South's leaflet campaign 'declaration of war' North Korea: South's leaflet campaign 'declaration of war'
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback