Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd founder. (Photo: Sea Shepherd)
Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd announced it is abandoning its annual anti-whaling activities in Antarctic waters due to increased use of sophisticated technology by Japanese whalers and lackluster support from the Australian government.
In a statement, the NGO founder Paul Watson said Japanese whaling ships are employing military-grade surveillance technology, allowing them to easily evade Sea Shepherd ships.
Watson, who was placed on an international wanted list through Interpol in 2012 at Japan's request, also claimed that Japan planned to deploy armed forces to defend its whaling ships.
The environmentalist was also critical of the Australian government -- who had successfully won a temporary ban in the International Court of Justice in 2014 -- accusing it of not "living up to their promises."
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